Saudi National Day

Series of non-stop achievements in all fields

24 universities, more than 80,000 scholarship students make kingdom global center of research, innovation

Kingdom makes agricultural breakthrough with 44 billion rials of GDP

95 billion rials for water desalination projects

186,000 kilometers of roads linking all parts of kingdom, enhancing development, investments

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates its 80th anniversary of the National Day and Unification, which falls on Thursday, September 23rd , 2010.

The Kingdom's leadership and people celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of the late King Abdulaziz (May Allah bless his soul) of the unification of this blessed country under the banner of 'There is no God, but Allah, and Mohammad is the Prophet of Allah.''

During the unification stages over 32 years, the late King Abdulaziz laid the foundations of this entity on the guidance of the Holy Quran and the Prophet's (PBUH) Sunnah. King Abdulaziz ensured justice, security and safety during his era.

The first Saudi state in 1157H was established by support from Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud for the call of Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab aimed to return to true Islam and correct beliefs, which were marred by suspicion and ignorance and they pledged for cooperation for the return of the society in the Arabian Peninsula to the faith of Islam as it was at the beginning of Islam and according to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him). They pursued this path to achieve this great objective.

The ruling of the first Saudi state ended after approximately 46 years because of foreign intervention.

In the year 1240H, the second Saudi State was set up under the leadership of the 2nd Founder Imam Turki bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud, who and his sons after him continued the approach of their ancestors about 68 years until the end of the rule of the second Saudi state in 1308 as a result of internal factors.

On Shawwal 5th, 1319 H, the late King Abdulaziz regained Riyadh, and laid the first bloc of the foundations of the Kingdom aimed to govern on the basis of the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah.

Emanating from Islamic approaches and orientations, the late King Abdulaziz had called for Arab cooperation and Islamic solidarity, contributed distinctively to the establishment of the Arab League, participated in the United Nations as a founding member, and recorded in history his remarkable positions on many world events and regional and international issues.

The late King Abdulaziz supported the Palestinian issue and defended it in his contacts with world leaders to regain the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

The late King Saud was the first King to pursue the path of the late King Abdulaziz. During his era, all the institutions of the State completed and features of progress emerged.

Then came the late King Faisal - the leader of Islamic solidarity and the Kingdom started implementation of five-year development plans.

The era of the late King Fahd was characterized by comprehensive achievements, growth and progress in all fields.

On August 01, 2005, the royal family pledged allegiance to King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud who had addressed the nation by saying that he would follow up the path of the Founder the late King Abdulaziz, to take the Holy Quran as a constitution and Islam as a way and approach, to achieve justice and serve all citizens.

In the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been witnessing more mega development achievements in all provinces of the Kingdom in various sectors including education, health, transport, communications, industry, electricity, water, agriculture and the economy.

Reports of the previous years that followed the Eighth Development Plan 1425 / 1430H showed that the achievements have accomplished the target rates in the plan and in some cases exceeded the target growth rates.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia exceeded in the field of development the ceiling approved for the completion of several development goals set by the Millennium of the United Nations in 2000 and the Kingdom is on the road to achieving a number of them before the proposed dates.

A number of developmental programs and projects have been approved in addition to those contained in the Eighth Five Year Plan and in the State budget including projects of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, the holy sites, improvement of infrastructures, primary health care, general education, higher education, technical education, public housing and increase in capital of development funds, hike in State's reserves, and support for the Public Investment Fund.

The Works have been on-going to establish economic cities, including King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh City, Prince Abdulaziz bin Musaed Economic City in Hail, Jazan Economic City, The Knowledge Economic City in Madinah as well as King Abdullah Business District in Riyadh, Declaration of Airport in Madinah as an international airport, the expansion of King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, the establishment of Economic City Airport in Rabigh, increase in number of universities in the Kingdom from eight universities to about twenty-five, the opening of several colleges and technical and health institutes and colleges for girls.

King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud has taken many decisions to improve the standards of living of citizens, and to support allocations for services' sectors.

The Governors of Provinces have highlighted the significance of the 80th anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which falls on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010.

They also highlighted the Kingdom's continuing fast-pace progress in all sectors and lauded the prevalence of security and stability.

In statements to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Prince Mishari Ibn Saud Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor Baha Province said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud is the King of Humanity and the achievements of the King supported by the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier will be recorded in history as they have been performed in a record time.

On his part, Prince Mohammed Ibn Nasser Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Jazan Province congratulated the Saudi leadership and people on this occasion, praying to Allah Almighty for continuation of the blessings of security, safety and stability, noting that Jazan has witnessed many achievements in the fields of municipality, roads, agriculture, electricity, communications and education.

In another statement, Prince Faisal Ibn Bandar Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Qassim Province said that Saudi leaders have pursued the path of the Founder - the late King Abdulaziz and affirmed that the Kingdom has now acquired its right position among the advanced nations enjoying stability, progress and prosperity.

In a statement on this occasion, Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Ibn Musaed Al Saud, the Governor of Northern Border said that Saudi leaders have followed the path of the Founder - the late King Abdulaziz until the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz which has witnessed great leaps in all fields and that the Kingdom has been enjoying numerous blessings topped by security.

Congratulating the Saudi leadership and people on the occasion of the National Day, Prince Faisal Ibn Khalid Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Asir Province said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia became now an example of security, stability, progress and development which have been achieved in a record time in comparison with many other countries.

On his part, Prince Fahd Ibn Badr Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Jouf Province described the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud as the leader of the present glory, progress and prosperity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supported by the Crown Prince and Second Deputy Premier, noting that the Kingdom is proud of the prosperous era of the King.

In his statement, Prince Saud Ibn Abdulmohsen Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of Hail Province commended the effective roles of the Saudi leadership in the enhancement of world peace, the strengthening of principle of dialogue and support for Muslims around the world so that the Kingdom has become one of the most influential countries in world policies - thanks to the wisdom and visionary insight of the Saudi leadership.

In another statement on this occasion, Prince Mohammed Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz, the Governor of the Eastern Province said the fixed fundamentals including the belief in Allah Almighty, adherence to the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah, justice and good treatment of others as well as the wisdom of the Saudi leadership have enabled the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be a leader in the Arab and Islamic world, and one of the most influential powers at the international arena, adding that in decades, the Kingdom has achieved great leaps in all fields.

A latest report issued by The Saudi Electricity Company has disclosed that the costs of the approved projects amounted to about SR 142 billion since the founding of the company in 05/04/2000 until the end of 2008 for generation, transmission, distribution and support sectors in various regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The report also noted that 50 percent additional capacity would also enter the service during the next three years, involving a capital expenditure of SR 38 billion.

Saudi Electricity Company is currently implementing projects worth SR 84 billion in various regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to projects with a capacity of 15,000 megawatts that will enter service successively during this year (2010).

The total capacity of electricity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia increased by 31.4% per cent during the year 2009 in comparison with the previous year in 2008.

The total available capacity of the electricity sector amounted to 44,485 MW, and actual capacity of generating power of electricity sector 38, 680 MW, an increase of 10.6% compared with the previous year with a total production of the sold electric energy 274,391 gigawatt/hour in 2009, an increase of 6.8 / per cent from the previous year in 2008.

The number of subscribers by the end of the same year amounted to more than 5.7 million subscribers, up 5.2% from the previous year in 2008.

Late King Abdulaziz regained Riyadh on Shawwal 5, 1319 H. corresponding to 19021 which marked the first bloc of the foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while the roots of this foundation dated back to 274 years when Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab 'May Allah bless their souls' held their historic meeting in 1157H/ 1744 A.D.

The first Saudi State was founded on the basis of commitment to the principles of the Islamic religion and then came the second Saudi state, which pursued on the same bases and principles.

In its report on King Abdulaziz and his companions who accompanied him from Kuwait to Riyadh, King Abdulaziz Foundation for Archives and Research said that King Abdulaziz in 1319 led members of his family and his men from Kuwait to the outskirts of Al-Ahsa, then he went to Riyadh accompanied by 60 companions.

Then King Abdulaziz and forty men of his companions regained Riyadh and the people of Riyadh pledged allegiance to him.

King Abdulaziz was born in Riyadh in 1293H/1876A.D. He adhered to the religion. He had the characteristics of the leadership which enabled him to shoulder responsibilities and founded a modern state and prevailed security and stability in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

King Abdulaziz and his companions united the Kingdom in stages from 1320/1902 to 1349/1930.

The stages of foundation in the Kingdom included religious, administrative, economic, social, educational, cultural fields as well as administrative councils, council of deputies, Majlis Al-Shura, Provinces Administration , Presidency of Magistracy, religious courts, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Defense, Communications, Health, Interior, other ministries, various administrations.

The Government of Saudi Arabia has spent more than SR 65 billion on the projects of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) until the end of fiscal year 1428 / 1429H and about SR 29.463 billion on operation and maintenance of desalination plants.

The Kingdom has produced more than 1,103 million cubic meters of desalinated water and more than 20 million megawatts / hour of electricity.

The Kingdom has known water desalination for more than 80 years when the Founder of the Kingdom late King Abdulaziz Ibn Abdulrahman Al Saud ordered to establish two condensing units for distillation of sea water called Kindasah to supply Jeddah with more drinking water.

The Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz has focused on the desalination of sea water and has spent billions of riyals for the establishment of 30 desalination plants on the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf including Jubail plant which is considered the largest water desalination plant in the world.

According to a report issued by Saline Water Conversion Corporation in 2008, the Corporation has implemented 14 systems for the transfer of desalinated water through a large network of pipelines with a total length of about 4,157 kilometers and established 29 stations to pump water to 168 reservoirs with a capacity of up to about 9.5 million cubic meters.

In the month of Rajab 1430H, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud approved the establishment of a unified project for water desalination and electricity production with a capacity of 550,000 cubic meters of water and 1700 MW of electricity to meet the future needs of the city of Madinah, some cities and centers of the region at a cost of SR 14 billion.

The State's budget allocated to the Corporation more than SR 13.4 billion for fiscal year 1431 / 1432H, an increase of 44% in comparison with the last year.

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has accorded a big attention to the development of the transport sector and has established wide-ranging networks of roads covering a length of more than 186,000 km until the fiscal year 1429 / 1430H, which are built in conformity with the advanced and latest international specifications. The budget of Ministry of Transport for the fiscal year 1431/1432H, allocated an amount of SR 10.8 billion for the establishment of new roads totaling a length of 6,400 km.

The new projects include the establishment of highways, dual and single track roads, the most prominent ones are Jeddah-Jazan coastal highway 'third phase', the first phase of Tabuk-Madinah Highway, Afif-Zulam two-way road, Ring Road in Jeddah and other roads.

The report issued by the Ministry of Transport for the fiscal year 1428 / 1429H said that works were underway on the implementation of several road projects in all regions of the Kingdom totaling 494 projects by the end of the fiscal year 1428/1429H with a total length of about 27,500 km at a cost of SR 32 billion.

The roads included 78 projects in Riyadh Province; 37 projects in the Eastern Province; 62 projects in Makkah Province; 55 projects in Asir Province; 44 projects in Jazan Province; 37 projects in Madinah Province; 30 projects in Hail; 27 projects in Tabuk; 26 projects in Baha; 32 projects in Qassim; 21 projects in Jouf; 23 projects in Najran; and 22 projects in Northern Border.

The Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz and the Crown Prince has also given attention to modern roads linking the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with its neighbors including Yemen, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman in addition to King Fahd Causeway linking Saudi Arabia with Bahrain.

A number of Saudi envoys have congratulated the Saudi leadership and people on the occasion of the National day which falls on Thursday, September 23rd.

In statements to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), they have highlighted the prosperous era and great achievements at local, regional, Arab, Islamic and international arenas of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The envoys included Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer, Saudi Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand Hassan Tala'at Nazer, and Saudi Cultural Attaché in Tunisia Ibrahim bin Abdulrahman Al-Tassan.

The Director General of Public Relations and Official Spokesman of Ministry of Labor Hattab bin Saleh Al-Anzi has pointed out that in accordance with labor regulations the Kingdom's National Day is considered as an official holiday on full payment, and if it falls on a weekly holiday, laborers should be compensated by one day before or after the holiday.

The National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia falls this year on Thursday.