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Saudi Arabia hailed as a fortress of stability in region

Kingdom’s National Day celebrations were the focus of regional papers

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A Saudi boy waves a flag bearing the kingdom's emblem and with a caption reading in Arabic "the nation is in our hearts", as he sits with other families in a stadium to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on September 23, 2017 commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom. The national day celebration coincides with a crucial time for Saudi Arabia, which is in a battle for regional influence with arch-rival Iran, bogged down in a controversial military intervention in neighbouring Yemen and at loggerheads with fellow US Gulf ally Qatar. / AFP / Fayez Nureldine
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Saudi Arabia marking the 87th anniversary of its National Day was the topic that dominated headlines in the region’s papers.

The festive atmosphere across Saudi Arabia as it celebrates its National Day stems from the people’s endless love for their nation, wrote Saudi Arabia’s Al Yaum.

“The celebrations are an unrivalled expression of loyalty to the Saudi leadership and their approach to ensure that Saudi Arabia reaches the highest levels of sustainable development and prestige. Saudi Arabia, and all its regions, sincerely marked this auspicious occasion. Everyone participated in the celebratory events as our love for our nation is inherited from generation to generation. Every year, the Saudi National Day is celebrated enthusiastically, but there was something unprecedented this year: Everyone, young and old, interacted and participated in the celebratory events. Eighty-seven years have passed since our country has been united, in a form of unity that has never been witnessed throughout history. It is the love of Saudis for their nation that earned it a prestigious stature across the global stage.”

Eighty-seven years of stability, strength and prosperity; Saudi Arabia has lived in the course of development, even though storms attempted to shake this fortress, all efforts proved futile, said the Arab Times in Kuwait.

“This is because the stability of this mighty nation cannot be shaken. The conspirators think that sending their malicious items through foreign media will gain credibility. They assume that people still regard such media platforms as credible as it was in the past — before the social media unmasked and shamed foreign media. Currently, the strong wind produced by the waves of conspiracy is entering through the coalition of Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood Group and Iran. Nonetheless, Almighty Allah chose this land to be His Holy House. It is the land of monotheism and peace protected by that will and faith; hence, it has never stumbled in its course. Instead, it is moving strongly towards rejuvenating its youths and honouring its people through a series of economic and education projects under the concept of sustainable development, which depend on the fully aware mind-set of Saudis.”

The people and leadership of the UAE have nothing but love and appreciation for the people and leadership of Saudi Arabia, and history speaks for how impeccable these relations are, said the UAE’s Al Bayan.

“The cohesion between these countries and their stand by one is proof of the strength of these brotherly relations, characterised by shared goals and fate. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reaffirmed this fact in his statements congratulating Saudi Arabia on its National Day: ‘We are forever with Saudi Arabia. We share the same fate and we will forever serve Islam and safeguard our nations.’ Fate has placed UAE and Saudi Arabia side-by-side so they can always confront forces of evil and terrorism. These forces are wreaking havoc and destruction and threaten to shake up regional security and stability, as they carry out the agenda of foreign regional entities that strive to impose their influence in Arab nations.”

Saudis and their sincere willingness to express their patriotism this year, in particular, seemed amazing and striking, said the London-based Pan-Arab paper Asharq Al Awsat.

“It was a terrible blow to anyone who believed in a false ability to manipulate national feelings in the hope of achieving dubious goals or undermining the statehood of Saudi Arabia. Saudis completely stood against any agenda promoting a pro-group and an anti-state ideology. It is enough for Saudis to rejoice in their homeland and take pride in their kingdom without looking at their living problems as the ‘Brotherhood’ works on spreading this absurd equation. Yes, the Saudi citizen has a fair share of living problems. Yes, Saudis have many worries about life, but all this doesn’t collide with their sincere patriotism.”