Saudi National Day 93 story

93rd National Day will celebrate dreams and achievements

Founders, fireworks and fun – here’s how the holiday started and how it’s going

Saudi National Day is one of the biggest celebrations in the kingdom. Known as Al Yom Al Watany in Arabic, the day falls on 23 September each year. Festivities take place across the country with special events including parades, concerts and fireworks

If there’s one colour that dominates the celebrations, it’s green. Whether it’s on buildings, balloons or baked goods, the country is decked in green in honour of the flag. So, if you want to get your Saudi patriotism on, here’s what you need to know


When is Saudi National Day? 

Saudi National Day is always on a fixed date and is set according to the solar, Gregorian calendar. The Hijri calendar is different to the Gregorian calendar by about 11 days, which is why the date of other major public holidays move each year. Important religious holidays include Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha, and the dates for these are set according to the Hijri, the Islamic lunar calendar. 

When did Saudi National Day start? 

Saudi National Day is an important day that marks the birth of modern-day Saudi Arabia. In 1932, the unification of the Kingdom of Najd and Hijaz took place. The nation became known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after the family of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, of the House of Saud.

Saudi National Day was made a public holiday by King Abdullah in 2005, which meant that schools and offices could formally close. The day was first officially celebrated in 2015, and since then celebrations have grown in scale.

September is right around the corner: the scorching summer heat begins to ease off, the local events scene heats up with a burst of activity, and it’s also a time when many Saudis and residents return home after spending time abroad.

On September 23, we will commemorate and celebrate the Kingdom’s 93rd National Day

National Day marks the anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom, and is celebrated each year with various events, activities, festivities, fireworks and of course, a public holiday for all.

This year’s National Day theme or slogan has been declared as ‘We Dream and Achieve’.

As the heat subsides and the rhythm of the city quickens, this month marks the celebration of a dynamic and invigorating chapter in the unfolding tale of this captivating region.

The theme ‘We Dream and Achieve’ perfectly encapsulates the dynamic and exciting pathway towards the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. As we approach the year 2030, Vision 2030 takes centre stage in festivities, underscoring and supporting the nation’s remarkable mega-projects, sprawling giga-cities, both international and domestic economic endeavours, and the reinforcement of our collective national identity.

Some of the nation’s major projects are depicted in the official imagery for Saudi’s 93rd National Day, including: Trojena, Sindalah, The Line, The Mukaab and the continued growth of the Saudi Space Commission and protection of local areas such as Hegra in AlUla.

Check out this year’s theme – “We dream and we achieve”

Saudi Arabia’s National Day takes place each year on 23 September. This year marks the 93rd National Day, and it looks set to be an exciting event. Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority, has announced the theme – “We dream and we achieve”. 

This year’s theme ties in with Saudi Vision 2030 and how the Kingdom is filled with ambition. The new logo includes a man and a woman in the middle, and symbols of different projects across the country. The images include AlUla, AlSoudah, Astronaut Program, Cube Project, Diriyah, King Salman Park, The Line, Sindalah, Shuaiba Solar Power Plant and Sports Boulevard.

Saudi National Day is a significant day that marks the birth of modern-day Saudi Arabia. In 1932, the unification of the Kingdom of Najd and Hijaz took place. Today, the event is a chance for Saudi Arabia to celebrate its accomplishments since its foundation of this Kingdom and look to future accomplishments. 

Each year, festivities take place across the country with special events including parades, concerts and fireworks. No modern-day Saudi National Day celebration is complete without songs. The four songs to celebrate the occasion are Above the Clouds, My Home Is Here, Our Date 2030 and Yes.

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