UAE leaders congratulate Saudi Arabia on country's National Day

Today is the kingdom's 93rd birthday

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - December 15, 2018: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R) and HRH Prince Mohamed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia (L), attend the final day of the 2018 Formula E Saudi Ad Diriyah E-prix.

( Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )
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UAE leaders have shared their congratulations with Saudi Arabia as the country celebrates its 93rd birthday today.

Saudi National Day, also known as Al-Yaom-ul-Watany in Arabic, has a theme this year: This is Our Home.

Leaders from across the UAE took to social media on Saturday to share their congratulations.

"Congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the Saudi people on their 93rd National Day," President Sheikh Mohamed wrote.

"As we commemorate this day, we in the UAE wish the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continued progress and prosperity."

Also sending his congratulations was Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

"All congratulations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its people, its King, and his trustworthy Crown Prince on the occasion of the Saudi National Day," Sheikh Mohammed said on social media.

"We ask God to perpetuate their goodness, security, and pride ... and to perpetuate brotherhood and love between the two brotherly peoples.

"Happy New Year ... and may your people be well ... and may the banner of your glory fly high."

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, also offered his congratulations to Saudi Arabia.

"We are deeply proud of the established fraternal relations that bring together the Emirates and Saudi Arabia and the development and civilizational achievements that the Kingdom has achieved at all levels," Sheikh Mansour wrote on social media.

National Day celebrations began in all major cities across Saudi Arabia from Wednesday and will last until Sunday.

National Day shows include military parades, a biker parade and an arms exhibition in major cities.

Streets, schools, universities, public and private spaces will display the Saudi flag.

Part of the military parade and marches began in Riyadh on Thursday with the participation of various sectors of the Ministry of Interior.

The government organised a military march and air shows at cities including Riyadh, Jeddah, Taif, Al Baha, Tabuk, Abha, Dhahran, Al Jawf, Al Ahsa, Khamis Mushait, Al Khobar and Dammam.

The eastern and western fleets of the Royal Saudi Navy will participate in National Day celebrations with marine processions.

Cafes, restaurants, parks and local retailers will also be celebrating the date, which has been declared a national holiday, with green-and-white decor, special offers for the day and activities such as face painting and games for adults and children.

Updated: September 23, 2023, 11:05 AM