On Saturday, 23.09.2023, the Saudi Arabiam Cultural Bureau in the UK hosted a celebration for the 93rd Saudi National Day with the theme being “We dream and we achieve”. The event was attended by many dignitaries and members of the Saudi community.
استمرار الفعاليات والاحتفالات باليوم الوطني السعودي في الملحقية الثقافية السعودية في #لندن بمشاركة جنسيات عربية مختلفة من أبناء الجاليات العربية المقيمين في #بريطانيا @uksacborg @LonSSCUK#العرب_في_بريطانيا AUK pic.twitter.com/U7m72FnDXD
— AUK العرب في بريطانيا (@AlARABINUK) September 25, 2023
Dr. Amal Fattani opened the ceremony with a speech that highlighted the achievements of the Saudi community and students abroad, and congratulated the Saudi people on the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
احتفال اليوم الوطني السعودي ٩٣ في مدينة برمنغهام #نحلم_نحقق
نشكر الملحقية الثقافية ونشكر الملحق الثقافي @FataniAmal لدعمها المتواصل للاندية والطلاب والطالبات في بريطانيا.
— النادي السعودي بمدينة برمنغهام (@SaudiBham) September 23, 2023
One of the distinguished guests was Ms. Durdana Ansari, the first Muslim woman captain in the British Royal Navy, who praised the Kingdom’s progress on all levels.
The celebration also featured various heritage, cultural and entertainment shows, as well as futuristic projects and innovations by Saudis. The event reflected the rich history and bright future of Saudi Arabia.
The ceremony was also joined by many Arab brothers from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other Arab countries, who expressed their respect for the Kingdom’s status among Arabs.
The history behind Saudi National Day
Saudi National Day commemorates the unification of the Kingdom on September 23 every year. This date goes back to the royal decree issued by King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal Al Saud, which changed the name of the state from Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd and its annexes to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The unification date was 21 Jumada Al-Awwal 1351 AH, which corresponds to September 23, 1932.
A brief overview of Saudi Arabia’s history Saudi Arabia’s history dates back to the middle of the fifteenth century AD, when Mani bin Rabia Al-Muraidi, the ancestor of Al Saud family, migrated from near Qatif to Najd where he established the city of Diriyah.
The role of Saudi Cultural Attaché in London The Saudi Cultural Attaché in London is responsible for visiting universities and institutes where Saudi students study and meeting with officials and supervisors there to monitor students’ progress, seeking scholarships for Saudi students in rare or highly competitive scientific fields, helping students enroll in suitable universities or institutes that are approved by Ministry of Higher Education, holding scientific meetings for students where they present their dissertations and scientific works, and authenticating certificates issued from United Kingdom.