Old Jeddah celebrates Saudi National Day in its own unique way

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A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk. (Photo: Supplied)
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A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk. (Photo: Supplied)
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A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk. (Photo: Supplied)
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A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk. (Photo: Supplied)
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A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk. (Photo: Supplied)
Updated 21 September 2018

Old Jeddah celebrates Saudi National Day in its own unique way

  • Visitors were welcomed in a traditional Saudi way of welcoming guests through singing folk songs that include Arabic poetry.
  • The event also included an exhibition of the ‘Hijazi dances’ and ‘Haret Zaman’, which embodies the city of Jeddah during the last 80 years.

JEDDAH: A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk.
The events, which kicked off in the Al-Balad area on Sept. 20 and run from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m, aim to highlight the most important historical monuments through displaying activities related to the Kingdom’s unification. Historical Jeddah is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The event will run until Sep 23. In all 22 cultural activities and entertainments have been organized.
Visitors were welcomed in a traditional Saudi way of welcoming guests through singing folk songs that include Arabic poetry. The songs were performed by Yousef Al-Zubairi, who has participated in many national events. He has been performing Hijazi folk songs for more than 13 years.
Yousef Al-Zubairi told Arab News: “I welcome the visitors so that they feel cherished by being here, especially when they come in large groups. I perform the Hijazi hymns called Majassat, it is a traditional folk song.”
The event also included an exhibition of the ‘Hijazi dances’ and ‘Haret Zaman’, which embodies the city of Jeddah during the last 80 years. An open exhibition of handicrafts and traditional dishes has also been laid on.
A number of famous Saudi media influencers attended the event including poet Adwa Al-Dakheel and singer Hisham Abdulrahman.
A 25-meter mural was created by a team of four Saudi artists to mark the day and express their feelings.
Faisal Arif, one of the organizers, said: “The mural contains many distinctive features that personalize the National Day including the new logo of the national day and many prominent symbols related to the Kingdom.”
Abdul Aziz Al-Andanosi, the founder of the art team and owner of Dhad art store, told Arab News: “The mural features parts of the national anthem and many other slogans such as NEOM and Vision 2030.”
A special space has been allocated to a group of talented painters and hobbyists to display their paintings that express their love and gratitude to Saudi Arabia.
Museum of historic items
A number of museums were opened to visitors as part of the event.
Abeer Bashmakh, a fan of Saudi history and archaeology, volunteers each year to spread the knowledge and civilization of the Kingdom to others, introducing visitors to the beauty of Hijazi heritage.
Bashmakh tells visitors about the history of the Hijaz and the historical items found in the Hijaz area, such as ancient Islamic inscriptions.
She told Arab News: “The existence of these jugs engraved in the house was considered as a sign of luxury as the age of the antiquities and collectibles is around 50 to 150 years old and it has inscriptions of the Umayyad period (661–750CE), all of which were discovered in the Arabian Peninsula or in the Hijaz.”
Fouad Bukhari and his rare collection of all Saudi Arabia’s paper and metal coins from the time of its first king to the present was one of the outstanding contributions.
Bukhari owns a private museum in his home containing a large collection of the most important and rare Saudi and Hijazi coins, as well as the first postage stamp created by the first Saudi state.
Bukhari said: “I am proud to participate today to spread the knowledge among the younger generation about the rarest currencies and stamps of the country.”
He added: “I have coins dating back to (1344) in the Islamic calendar (1925), the year in which the first coin belonging to the Saudi state under King Abdul Aziz was made. It does not contain the two swords and palm tree, as it was adopted to the Saudi currency for the first time during the rule of King Saud.”
Three soundproof pavilions were available for children and adults to sing the Saudi National Anthem and share them on social media platforms.


Dr. Youssef bin Abdo Abdullah Asiri, professor and undersecretary at King Saud University in Riyadh

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Dr. Youssef bin Abdo Abdullah Asiri, professor and undersecretary at King Saud University in Riyadh

Dr. Youssef bin Abdo Abdullah Asiri is a professor of clinical pharmacy at the King Saud University’s  (KSU) College of Pharmacy in Riyadh and also an undersecretary for planning and development at the university.

Born in Makkah, Asiri graduated from the KSU’s College of Pharmacy. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in hospital pharmacy from North Carolina University, US. Subsequently, he completed several courses in health management at the College of Pharmacy, University of Florida, Gainesville. 

During his stay in the US, he also obtained a certificate of resident pharmacist from North Carolina University Hospital.

He did his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Pacific — Stockton, California, US.

He returned to the Kingdom and joined the KSU’s College of Pharmacy in Riyadh as a faculty member. Asiri worked at several positions in the college. He remained dean of the College of Pharmacy for administrative affairs from 2001 to 2004.

He served as the vice dean of the college for academic affairs between 2004 and 2007. 

In 2007, he was appointed dean of the College of Pharmacy. 

He has participated in several local, regional and international conferences. His research papers have been published in several scientific journals.

Asiri participated in the second annual Saudi International Plastic Surgery Conference held in Riyadh. The event focused on the latest trends in health care with a particular reference to plastic surgery.