Jeddah/Riyadh: As the sun set on Friday evening, people gathered at the Jeddah Art Promenade to enjoy the Saudi National Day celebrations.
The country’s dark green and white flag was visible everywhere, and many children were dressed to match. Abayas were worn to complement the theme.Men wore wigs and carried flags.
As the sun set and the city cooled, the parade began. Its start was announced by the sound of a distant drum, inviting visitors to their feet.
The small bands that paraded the length of Jeddah’s waterfront were dressed mostly in white. In the center was a man walking on stilts and wearing a traditional Saudi attire, or ‘igar’, which includes a thobe and a head wrap.
“I always feel patriotic when I go to events like this on National Day,” Mariam Mohamad, 24, told Arab News.
“Today I dragged my family out of the house. The crowds and traffic were holding them back, but we only have one night a year to celebrate and I’m not going to miss it. did,” she said.
Aizaz Zane, a Pakistani living in Jeddah, said, “I’m not from Saudi Arabia, but I like to go out and participate in celebrations. There’s something very beautiful about people coming together to celebrate their country. ”
A parade in Jeddah was just one of many events held throughout the day.
A Royal Saudi Navy parade took place in Jeddah’s Corniche on Friday, with large crowds gathering to cheer on the parade as part of the 92nd Saudi National Day celebrations.
The fun began with an HZ-MS16 helicopter flying over the waterfront, and audiences were told all about it via commentary played through loudspeakers.
One of the Royal Navy’s most powerful aircraft, this helicopter is designed not only for its anti-submarine capabilities, but also for search and rescue operations.
Many ships designed for surveillance, search, rescue and support operations were also on the waterfront for people to see.
Salha Al-Shamrani and her daughter Hind visited the show together and were impressed with what they saw.
“The National Day event this year was very interesting,” Al-Shamrani told Arab News.
“We learned a lot through live audio and observation of tanks and boats. Kids learned a lot too.
“There is nothing quite like the Royal Saudi Navy. My husband is an instructor there, so he knows very well how rescue operations work,” she added.
Hind also found the event informative.
“It was such a beautiful and rich participation and I learned a lot. The parade was also a lot of fun,” she said.
“I got to see ships, tanks, submarines, etc. I learned about the types and what each of them were used for.”
Joy in the Park
In honor of Saudi National Day, Jeddah’s Prince Majid Park offers a fantastic line-up of activities.
The fun begins Wednesday and continues through Saturday, when visitors are treated to a host of family and community events to celebrate the culture and diversity of the Kingdom. It includes shows, heritage-focused commercial and craft booths, and plenty of delicious food.
Assistant Site Manager Amr Alyamani said: Our goal is to create so much joy and excitement that visitors are mesmerized by the attractions and the Musical Fountain that plays every 30 minutes.
“Stage performances also reflect a rich history, captivating audiences with memorable performances centered on diversity and togetherness,” he added.
“This year we aim to signify our national journey by acknowledging our past, rejoicing in our present and looking positively into the future together.”
Alexia Tashbayeva, coach of the Saudi Arabian Tennis Federation, attended the celebration.
“We’re here to help kids discover the sport. This way we encourage the younger generation to come and play with us,” she said.
“As expats, these festivals represent the strength of unity and provide an opportunity to bring people together to share their love of sport with their residents.”
“Celebrating this special national occasion confirms our role as inspiring and creative artists presenting traditional Saudi music in a contemporary way,” said flutist Saeed Bakar. Thing.”
Tickets for the event are SR30 ($8), and visitors can also pick up National Day memorabilia and eat at the food stalls.
family fun in riad
Grassy Park in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter hosted many National Day activities on Friday, including horse shows, carnival games and giveaways.
Nabil Cho, a Korean who works at The Kingdom, was one of those who enjoyed all the fun on offer.
“I never thought an event like this would happen on National Day,” he told Arab News. “It’s my first time here and I’m really excited and really enjoying my time here. Nice, great.”
Cho said he learned about the National Day event online and invited his Korean friends and colleagues.
Olivier Pierre, a tourist from France, was in Grassy Park with his wife and friends.
“I find this event very interesting because I am just discovering the culture of Saudi Arabia. Today is the National Day and I want to know more about cultural dance and music, so I am here. The reason is more than expected,” he said.
“My wife is also very interested in discovering Saudi Arabian culture. She discovered this place at a group event chat in Saudi Arabia.”
In addition to action-packed activities, stalls and boutiques sold traditional delicacies and products to visitors. Many of the visitors were dressed in festive attire.
All activities at Grassy Park are open to the public on Saturdays from 5pm to midnight.
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