Saudis gear up for National Day celebrations

Saudis gear up for National Day celebrations

Cities across the Kingdom are gearing up for celebrations to mark the 89th Saudi National Day. The government has announced a four-day holiday starting on Sept. 20.

Meanwhile, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced events nationwide, including firework shows, concerts, festivals, art installations, photo opportunities, kids’ workshops, live screenings, kiosks and high-end popup restaurants. National Day honors the unification of Saudi Arabia by its founder King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

On Monday, Riyadh will host concerts by Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi and Saudi icon Abadi Al-Johar at the King Fahad Cultural Center. The capital will also host international shows from Sept. 21-23.

Some hotels have special programs lined up, and shops have stocked up on products in green, the color of the national flag, which is in high demand for the occasion.

“Keeping National Day in mind, children prefer to take green-colored stationery, clothes, balloons and toys,” a sales executive at a hypermarket told Arab News.

The first of the GEA’s activities kicked off on Thursday evening in the region of Jeddah.

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