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The 81st anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will fall Friday, the 25th of Shawwal 1432 A.H, corresponding to 23rd of September 2011.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates, Government and People, the anniversary of unifying this country under the banner of There is No God but Allah, Mohammed is the Apostle of Allah, and naming it as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the 1351 A.H, after 32 years of great efforts and endeavor exerted to lay down the basis of this entity in the light of the God's Holy Book, the Quran and the Sunnah of His Prophet Mohamed, (PBU him).

Citizens of the Kingdom recall the anniversary, while living in a new conditions, due to what has been planned by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

A new condition rich of reform oriented projects, ahead among is concentrating on revamping education and the Judiciary, in the context of economic reforms, targeting building a cohesive society with national unity as its backbone.

Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja called the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an immortal day and a precious symbol that is celebrated annually to remember and to recall Kingdom's stances and the victorious achievements of the late founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.

Dr. Khoja described the National day as an occasion to renew our commitment to proceed on the march towards what is the best on the path of a wide scale and human-oriented revival in the Kingdom.

'National Day, is an occasion to commemorate unifying the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a solid basis of God's Holy Book, the Quran and his Prophet's Sunnah,' the Minister of Culture and Information said.

The Minister Dr. Khoja went on to say that: 'Sons of the late founder King Abdulaziz, kept proceeding on that great and honorable path, reflecting their allegiance to their religion, motherland and people, up to the current reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who, through wisdom, statesmanship and broad insight, managed to put his nation among developed nations at all levels, in a very short span of time'.

The U.S. magazine Life had run a historical interview with late founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud under the title: Ibn Saud 'The King of Saudi Arabia', a King who made a Kingdom.

The portrait of King Abdulaziz, sitting on a chair, was the cover page of the magazine issue dated 31 May 1943, highlighting the political significance of his personality.

King Abdulaziz was one of the strongest statesmen in his era and had made a great and unequalled achievements in that critical epoch, the magazine said, in what was considered to be the first official interview with a western magazine by King Abdulaziz in Riyadh.

That issue of the aforementioned magazine constituted an important historical reference, for it tackled a lot of aspects related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The magazine depicted a number of photos to reflect the day to day life, historical and heritage related sites of the Kingdom in addition to undergoing revamping process which was taking place throughout the Kingdom at the time.

The then 'Noelle Bush', the Editor-in-Chief of Life magazine, accompanied by the magazine's photographer 'Robert Landry', who had flown from Cairo to Jeddah, and then to Riyadh. The editor called the trip as 'amazing'.

The interview highlighted the interest of western media, and the American one in particular, in King Abdulaziz, a fact that signified the growing importance of King Abdulaziz and his nascent nation in the region, despite the world preoccupation, at that time, with Second World War and its fallouts.

LIFE described its historical interview with King Abdulaziz in a 14-page report, which was also rich in information, pictures and stories about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Hamad Jabir Al-Ali Al-Sabah, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the Kingdom said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia witnesses one of the brightest stages of its development and advancement, on the anniversary of its National Day under the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) issued on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom by the late founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdurrahman Al Saud, the Kuwaiti Ambassador confirmed that the Kingdom has secured a highly prominent status at all Gulf, Arab and international arenas.

On behalf of Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait; Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait's Heir Apparent; Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti Premier and the people of Kuwait, the Ambassador extended congratulations to the Government and People of Saudi Arabia on this dear occasion.

Tunisian newspapers highlighted the 81st anniversary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Day.

In an comprehensive reports, Tunisian newspapers displayed features of the wide-scale revival witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of its National Day.

They cited the efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to serve Islam and Muslims, in addition to his endeavor to reinforce dialogue among followers of different religions, civilizations and cultures, under headlines such as: Prosperity, Well-Fare and Construction under a wise reign, King for Peace of a Kingdom of Humanity and The Kingdom, Consolidation of Moderation and Centrism.

Yemeni '26 September' newspaper hailed the continuous developing achievements witnessed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the tenure of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a fact that its generous gifts have spill over to reach Arab as well as Islamic Worlds.

The paper highlighted, in an editorial to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom, which falls on Friday, the efforts exerted by the Saudi leadership to meet the needs of the Saudi nation and citizens, through the development march experienced by the Kingdom at all levels.

The Lebanese newspaper 'Al-Sharq' has expressed appreciation and admiration of the major renaissance and great accomplishments achieved by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over its long triumphant march since the era of the late founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdurrahman Al-Saud to the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 81st anniversary of the Kingdom's National Day, the Lebanese newspaper also highlighted the huge development and growth witnessed by Saudi Arabia at all levels as well as the prominent place it occupies among the advanced and esteemed nations all over the world.

Meanwhile, a number of British prominent personalities underscored the political and economic leverage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the regional and international arenas, noting the achievements accomplished by the Kingdom at all levels.

In separate remarks to the Saudi Press Agency on the 81st anniversary of the Kingdom, they lauded the pioneering role of the Kingdom in the Middle East, the Islamic world and the world at large, signaling its prudent positions in tackling international routine and hot issues.

They were British former ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Allen Monroe; Chairman of the Middle East Association Charles Hollis; Chairwoman of the Saudi British Commercial Council and former British Foreign Secretary for External Affairs Baroness Simons Batman; Member of the Council of Lords Adam Mohammed Betel; Director General and Supervisor of King Fahd Chair at the University of London Professor Mohammed Abdulhaleem; Chairman of the Islamic Foundation in the United Kingdom and Chairman of Mark Field Institute for Islamic Studies in the city of Lister Dr. Munazer Ahsan.

Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region has extended congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Crown Prince and Second Deputy Premier on the occasion of the 81st Anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz said: 'The Kingdom, Government and people are celebrating, in this glorious day, the commemoration of the honorable National Day in the history of this nation and the Arab and Islamic worlds; it is the day of the unification of the Kingdom under the name Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the first day of the Libra of 1351 A.H, (September 23, 1932 A.D).'

He added 'It is a shining and landmark day in the history of the nation when this noble people and this holy land united under one name linking them with each other by the bonds of brotherhood, love and peace and it is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which works as a tributary for the Arab and Muslim worlds providing them with support and assistance for their decisive causes'.

Mufti of Tripoli and North Lebanon Malek Shaar congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General; and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior on the anniversary of the 81st National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Mufti Shaar expressed appreciation of the historical march paced by the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud in unifying and establishing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Secretary General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers, Dr. Mohammed bin Ali Koman, highlighted the gigantic and distinguished achievements accomplished in all fields during the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who has given priorities to the improvement of the standards of living of citizens and the provision of the appropriate means for economic and social development.

In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on the 81st anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Koman commended the King for his great services to Arab and Islamic nations, describing the new largest expansion in the history of the Holy Mosque of Makkah as one of the King's services to the Two Holy Mosques and his keenness on the comfort of pilgrims and visitors of the Prophet's Mosque.

'Alsalam' Aircraft Company is one of the fruits of sound planning by the wise leadership and the result of the Economic Offset Program, sponsored by the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and supported by Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General.

The government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud sought to achieve several strategic objectives through the group of companies of the Economic Offset Program.

The establishment of 'Alsalam' For Aircraft company aimed to develop the national capability to meet the needs of the Kingdom in the maintenance of civil and military aircraft and the advancement of aviation industry in the Kingdom in general and opening more job opportunities for Saudi youth to work in this vital area.

Since its inception 22 years ago, 'Alsalam' For Aircraft Company, is currently contributing significantly to its defined targets and is making great strides in achieving the strategic goals of the Economic Offset Program.

The company, which is unique in the field of its specialization, is presently contributing to the establishment of aviation industry in the Kingdom and has become a local industrial base specialized in the maintenance, upgrading and modification of civil and military aircraft.

It has gone beyond these areas by proceeding to the advanced stages of manufacturing certain spare parts and aircraft components.

In the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, education sector has been witnessing gigantic achievements to keep pace with scientific and technical developments around the world.

Statistics reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia showed that in the King's era, the largest budget in the history of education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been allocated and the number of universities jumped in six years from 8 to 32 public and private universities. As many as 12 new university cities are being established in various regions.

The number of university students is about one million male and female students and the teaching staff nearly 42,000 in the academic year 1430 / 1431H.

In addition, 33,000 schools for boys and girls are currently accommodating more than 5 million students. They are helped in their academic studies by 482,000 male and female teachers.

In the scope of support and attention paid by the King to the education sector, the Cabinet approved in its session in 1428H.

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Project for the Development of Public Education to be implemented at a cost of SR 9 billion over a period of six years.

In culmination of the prudent fiscal and monetary policy pursued by the Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Fitch Ratings Financial Institutions International Group has confirmed the strength of the economy and financial power of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, good management of its foreign investments and foreign exchange reserves, and controlled supervision of banking sector.

In its report on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that according to reports issued by the Organization of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development ( UNCTAD), the flow of foreign investments into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia amounted to SR 552 billion by the end of 2009.

On the other hand, Fitch Ratings Financial Institutions International Group confirmed in its statement issued last year that the Kingdom maintained a degree of excellence (A) in world credit rating classification.

According to the annual rankings for a competitive investment environment prepared by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank, the Kingdom jumped from 67th position among 135 countries in 2005 to 8th position out of 183 countries in 2010.

King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives has issued the 2nd edition of Historical Atlas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the framework of its objectives to provide historical sources of information about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leaders.

The Historical Atlas includes 280 pages of large volumes on the first Saudi State, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its civilization aspects.

Atlas Foreword has been written by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region, and the Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Electricity Company has been enhancing its electrical capabilities since its inception in the year 2000 to meet the growing demands for electric power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Statistics issued by the Company and reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, showed that the number of the Company's subscribers jumped from 3.5 million in 2000 to more than 6.2 million subscribers, up by 77. 1% in 12,144 cities and villages.

The statistics also indicated that the generating capacity of power produced by the Company and other producers reached 51,185 megawatts by the end of last June this year, compared to 24, 083 megawatts in 2000.