How Saudis Refused to Suppress Patriotic Joy


In 2005, Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz acknowledged that as of the 75th National Day, the occasion will become a national holiday celebrated annually.

The Saudi National Day is celebrated on every September 23 to commemorate the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdulaziz in 1932.

Establishing the holiday saw multiple opposition attempts from groups that sought to thwart every act aimed at bolstering national pride and identity. Joy for the holiday, unfortunately, was shy.

Saudis were not used to freely express their happiness celebrating independence.

Shortly after, Saudis began rejoicing in a homeland that united them after dispersion and started expressing suppressed and forbidden joy openly.

The joy spread nationwide, young or old, men and women, and even a large group of those who initially criticized and rejected the whole idea have become part and parcel of a national system commemorating a dear memory to all.

National pride and joy filled every Saudi home.

Muslim Brotherhood cells played a major role in promoting fatwas prohibiting the celebration of the National Day.

They aimed at spreading a culture of frustration among the Saudis, despite knowing that national pride for Saudis is untouchable given.

The idea of removing any manifestations of renewed loyalty to the nation year after year contributes to the promotion of several negative concepts marketed as criticism of enforcing strong national state institutions.

They hope to reach the ultimate goal of destroying confidence in the state little by little. What is more is that those who often oppose celebrating the National Day in Saudi Arabia do not hold the same views for neighboring.

Clearly displaying double standards, they even celebrate national independence days in other countries, as if Saudis alone hold the dim duty of suppressing national pride.

As soon as a policy was adopted to actively diminish the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence, patriotic feelings surged all over the kingdom. The celebration went extended beyond Saudi Arabia to all who love and admire the kingdom such as Kuwait, Egypt and others also rejoiced, in a reflection of the size and influence of Saudi Arabia.

This exclusive and unprecedented joy has become a “registered trademark” for Saudis as if they want to make up for what they missed.

Saudis and their sincere willingness to express their patriotism this year, in particular, seemed amazing and striking. It was a terrible blow to anyone who believed in a false ability to manipulate national feelings in the hope of achieving dubious goals or undermined the statehood of Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom’s public spoke in a loud voice that the rules of the game had changed and it was no longer allowed for the terrible exploitation of religion to deprive them of patriotism. They completely stood against any agenda promoting a pro-group and an anti-state ideology.

It is enough for Saudis to rejoice in their homeland and take pride in their kingdom without looking at their living problems as the “Brotherhood” works on spreading this absurd equation.

Yes, the Saudi citizen has a fair share of living problems. Yes, Saudis have many worries about life, but all this doesn’t collide with sincere patriotism, which has long been stifled.

Whether oil rates rise or fall, whether daily worries worsen or disappear, there is a big difference between a citizen making demands of his state as a natural right and his government’s right to improve their living conditions, and that this is exploited horribly to reduce patriotism.

The greatness of Saudis is awe-striking! In just two years they managed to demolish an organized and years-in-the-making project to put a barrier between them and their homeland.

Saudi Arabia, US Look Into Applying Pre-Screening on Passengers

Riyadh-Head of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) Abdulhakeem al-Tamimi discussed with Acting Administrator of the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Huban A. Gowadia ways to apply pre-screening on travelers to the United States through King Khalid Airport in Riyadh and King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah.
The meeting tackled mechanisms of applying the pre-screening program on travelers to the United States in order for citizens and residents to travel easily.

“We discussed the possibility of applying the pre-screening program at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah first due to its well-founded infrastructure and at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh,” Tamimi said, adding that further meetings will be held on this subject to prepare the necessary infrastructure to achieve it.

Tamimi stressed the importance of developing cooperation and relations with the US Federal Aviation Administration in all areas of civil aviation, particularly regarding safety, security and modern technologies.

He also emphasized the importance of training the staff as the Saudi delegation discussed with the US side the mechanism to share expertise and distinctive experiences in addition to knowing the needs and modern techniques that will help raise the level of performance and maintain the security of airports.

The efforts GACA is exerting to provide safety and security of aviation are highly commended by the world countries.

GACA has put so much effort and has recruited qualified staff to work in the field of aviation, and it has also provided the latest equipment and systems used in the field of aviation protection and security.

Hadi: We have Exhausted Peaceful Means to Prevent Rebels from Implementing Iran’s Agenda


New York – Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said the legitimate government has depleted all peaceful means to prevent the rebels from implementing Iran’s expansionism plans in the region.

“We are ending our third year of the war imposed on our country by the Houthis,” Hadi said at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

“The rebels have swept the cities of Yemen and taken the entire country hostage while implementing an Iranian strategy” in the conflict, he added.

Violence and destruction perpetrated by Houthi militias in Yemen are fully supported by Iran, Hadi stressed, accusing the Persian State of working to destabilize the region “by supporting groups that are out of control.”

“Sustainable peace cannot be achieved unless Iran stops interfering in the affairs of the region,” he noted.

Hadi reiterated his keenness to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis in order to establish peace in the country.

“I reaffirm […] our readiness to stop the war and reach peace; we are not advocates of war or revenge, but advocates of peace and harmony,” Hadi told delegations attending the Assembly’s annual general debate, stressing that he will continue, to “extend my hand to sustainable peace because we feel our full responsibility for all our steadfast Yemeni people.”

The Yemeni President expressed his thanks to Saudi Arabia and said that it has a leading role in relieving the humanitarian crisis through its ongoing support from the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Relief (KSRELIEF).

He also declared the legitimate government’s readiness “to provide all necessary facilities for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all areas of Yemen from Saada to Mehra, especially to the areas which are under the control of the rebels.”

Hadi called on the UN to force the rebels to implement UN Security Council resolutions in order to allow humanitarian assistance to reach all the areas of the country.

Life Comes Back to Awamiyah, Eastern Province Governor Welcomes Town Delegation

Dammam- Saudi Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Eastern Province, said that the doors for forgiveness and amnesty are still open to those who have deviated from the right and have reformed with the will to stand by their country.

Speaking to a delegation of representatives and residents of the town of Al-Awamiyah in the governorate’s headquarters in the Eastern Region on Wednesday, Prince Saudi said that “the doors of amnesty and forgiveness are still open to all of who committed wrong.”

“And to those who have an opinion to share or a desire and to aid in the renaissance of the Kingdom and make this country better than others, the state welcomes all who wanted to do what’s right. Such has been the case since the beginning.”

He pointed out that life has returned to normal in Al-Awamiyah thanks to the cooperation of its people, praising the efforts of government agencies that are working to repair what was destroyed by terror attacks in the town.

Students are expected to return to schools next week.

More so, citizens have sensed the return of public services at the best level, whether from health centers or municipal, power services, water services, and other services.

Development projects approved by the relevant authorities in the Eastern region are also underway.

During the reception, which was attended by Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Region, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nimr said in a speech on behalf of the people of Qatif have sensed authorities’ keenness to reform and rehabilitate youth involved in terrorist acts.

Fadel Ben Ali Al Nimr, President of the Peace Club in Al-Awamiyah, praised the efforts of concerned bodies to complete all development projects meeting the aspirations of people and preserve architectural and heritage identity of the province.

The Emir of the region thanked the people of Al-Awamiyah, stressing that every inch of this land is the focus of the concerns of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince, and all statesmen.

Prince Saud also pointed out to the Eastern Province’s overall development projects at all levels and in all fields. He stressed that the men of the Eastern Province are known for their national loyalty, their belonging and their love for Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jubeir: Iran’s Propaganda of Rapprochement is Ridiculous


London- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that Tehran’s propaganda of rapprochement with Riyadh is “ridiculous,” adding that meetings held with the Iranian delegation during the Hajj season were not a “normalization of relations,” but had only a religious aspect.

During a news conference at the Saudi embassy’s headquarters in London, the Saudi minister said: “If Iran wants to improve its relationship with the Kingdom, it should change its policies and stop terrorism and interference.”

Al-Jubeir said that “Iran is destabilizing the region through Hezbollah and terrorist attacks, while al-Qaeda leaders in Iran have given orders to carry out attacks in the Kingdom.”

The foreign minister also spoke about the crisis with Qatar, saying that the four states (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain) had presented a list of demands to Doha and would refuse to deal with a country that interferes in the affairs of other countries.

“No harm if the crisis with Qatar continues for another week, month, year or two years. We will not deal with a state that supports terrorism at the financial and media level,” he said, asserting that the people of Qatar is the only one who decides who governs them, noting that Britain stood neutrally in the crisis and did not support the Doha position.

Al-Jubeir also denied reports that the four countries had placed a “siege” on Qatar, stressing that no country can be accepted while its media is supporting terrorism and terrorist operations.

“The four countries have boycotted Qatar and not sieged it…Do you see planes from the four countries flying in the Qatari airspace for monitoring? No,” he said.

On Yemen, Al-Jubeir stressed that the Arab alliance deals in Yemen under international law, noting that “Sana’a airport can be reopened if the United Nations takes over.”

Kuwaiti Emir Visits Washington to Meet with Trump

Kuwait– Kuwait’s Emiri Diwan said on Thursday that Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al Sabah would travel to Washington on Friday for talks with US President Donald Trump.

According to a statement published by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), the Emir of Kuwait will meet with Trump on September 7.

Kuwait emerged as a key mediator after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar.

As soon as the four countries suspended their relations with the Arab peninsula, Trump expressed great support for Saudi Arabia, which was confirmed on Wednesday during a telephone conversation with King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to whom he stressed that the solution to the crisis with Qatar should be based on the Riyadh summit commitments to unite in the face of terrorism and Iranian threats and to defeat terrorism, cut off its funding and combat extremist ideology.

Sheikh Sabah received a telephone call on Thursday from Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. KUNA reported that the two leaders exchanged congratulations on Eid al-Adha, and discussed some important topics.

Chechnya Refuses Politicization of Hajj

Chechnya Deputy Mufti for foreign relations Torko Dawdov

Holy Sites– The level of services provided by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to all pilgrims during Hajj and Umrah is a clear message to anyone doubting the country, according to Chechnya Deputy Mufti for foreign relations Torko Dawdov.

Dawdov praised the security services provided during Hajj which shows the responsibility in looking after more than 2 million pilgrims from all over the world.

The deputy Mufti is attending the pilgrimage for the first time this year. He praised the way he was hosted and the great honor he received from the program committee, as well as all facilitations that were provided upon his arrival at the airport until he arrived at his residence place.

He said that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a country for all Muslims, adding that it is a pride to have the Holy Mosques on its territories and serve all Muslims. He also stated that the Kingdom has a special place in all Muslim hearts.

To anyone doubting the services provided by Saudi Arabia, Dawdov stated that they should just look through all media outlets broadcasting the whole rites.

“We Muslims of Russia, and the whole world, refuse the politicization of Hajj. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the second country to every Muslim. It provided us all the services to be able to perform the fifth pillar of Islam,” he added.

He mentioned that during Hajj, Saudi Arabia had assigned a Ministry of Hajj to develop services provided every year to host all pilgrims in a small area.

“As part of a program led by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman, the Kingdom cares for all pilgrims the way a father cares for his children,” Dawdov explained.

Chechnya Deputy Mufti concluded his remarks asking Allah to safeguard Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince and award them the best rewards for the services that they’re affording to Islam and Muslims, as well as the Two Holy Mosques and visitors from pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.

Saudi Arabia Working to Make Hajj an Annual Journey of Faith Done at Ease

Saudi Arabia’s Governor of Makkah Region and Chairman of the Central Hajj Committee Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz affirmed the keenness of the Kingdom’s government to serve Hajj pilgrims, provide them with all possible services, ensure their comfort and make this journey to the Holy Land an easy and comfortable one, until they return, safely, to their homeland.

“This year witnessed a great effort and there was a thorough study of all previous experiences to facilitate this important journey of faith for all Muslims to this Holy Land,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) cited Prince Khaled as saying.

The pilgrims moved from Makkah to Mina on Wednesday, I went to Arafat this day very easily and all government agencies entrusted with the task of serving these holy lands did everything within their capacities, honesty and loyalty.

The results were impressive, stated the governor, and all roads witnessed great progress.

He pointed out that many groups and experts are working on solving some simple observations and that all comments received from them will be checked to identify the problems and work on solving them, in hopes of contributing to the development of Hajj and services provided.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz commended cooperation and coordination among various agencies.

The King also praised that there are hundreds of millions of projects implemented in the fields of water, electricity, municipalities, transportation and other government services, in this field, in Makkah.

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal concluded that the Kingdom is striving to make the pilgrimage, eventually, a comfortable journey of faith, for all Muslims performing the holy rites.

Saudi Arabia Imposes Sanctions on Citizens, Residents for Transferring Pilgrims without Permission


Riyadh – Saudi authorities have imposed sanctions on citizens and residents involved in transporting pilgrims without a permit.

The head of the Hajj Passport Authority, Major General Dhaifallah Al-Huwaifi said in a statement on Tuesday that administrative committees were formed under the Directorate General of Passports, and were present at the entrances of Mecca to issue immediate sanctions against violators who transport Hajj pilgrims without official permission.

He added that the Authority has issued until late Tuesday 38 administrative decisions against citizens and residents, who transferred pilgrims without a permit. According to the official, sanctions ranged between 630 days of imprisonment, fines of more than 1.5 million Riyals, defamation of 37 violators, and the confiscation of eight vehicles used in transport operations.

Al-Huwaifi urged citizens and residents to abide by Saudi regulations and instructions, stressing that penalties were multiple.

“Anyone, who is caught transporting pilgrims without a statutory permit is fined 10,000 riyals for every pilgrim and 15 days of imprisonment. In case of a second violation, a fine of 25 thousand riyals is imposed on the violator for each pilgrim, in addition to two months of imprisonment. If the offense is repeated for a third time and more, it is punishable by a fine of 50,000 riyals for every pilgrim and for six months of jail,” the statement said.

“In any event, the confiscation of the means of transport shall be demanded by judicial decision, if it is owned by the carrier, the accomplice or the contributor. The violator shall be deported if he is an expatriate after the execution of the penalty, and shall be prevented from entering the Kingdom according to the stipulated periods,” it added.

The Saudi official urged all pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia to abide by the time of arrival and departure before the expiry of the period specified in the visa.

Saudi ‘MODON’ Signs MoU with China’s Goldwind

Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) and National Industrial Clusters Development Program (Program) signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding with Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese company specializing in the manufacturing of wind turbines and accessories, to assist the company in an effort to explore investment opportunities in this field in the Kingdom.

According to the Saudi state news agency SPA, the three-party MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Saudi-Chinese Investment Forum, which took place on Thursday at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jeddah, was signed by Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications Bandar Al-Toaimi, and Vice President Plastics and Chemical sector Engineer Tariq Buksh, while the Executive Vice President of Goldwind Science & Technology Co., Ltd. Wu Kai, signed on behalf of the Chinese company.

The Memorandum states that “MODON” will allocate land to the Chinese company in its industrial cities, whereas the National Industrial Clusters Development Program will assist the company in identifying investment opportunities and supporting its search for local partners.

Al-Toaimi praised the role of partnerships in the implementation of the Kingdom’s vision 2030, its ability to stimulate industrial growth in the Kingdom and create the right environment by bringing international expertise, knowledge transfer and localization.