Jeddah (UNA-OIC) – On Wednesday, 23 September 2020, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrates the 90th anniversary of its reunification at the hands of the founder, King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud.
This anniversary comes as the country is witnessing a comprehensive development renaissance in various fields under the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and according to plans and visions led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Smart cities and mega projects spread across the Kingdom in the north, south, east and west, led by young Saudis. The country has spared no effort in arming them with knowledge and experience in the most prestigious schools, institutes and universities.
This occasion also comes while Saudi Arabia is deservedly stepping towards achieving the goals of its “2030 Vision” in the areas of industry, tourism, trade, investment, energy, health and education.
In the northwest of the Kingdom, the Saudis are racing against time to build the “Dream City of Neom”, which is a model of new way of life and a new economic, trade and innovation hub. The city is the first project of its kind in the world, as investors are partners in drafting its systems. It links three continents and has the world’s most important promising economic sectors.
On the calm coasts of the Red Sea, everyone awaits a milestone in the field of tourism, represented by the Red Sea Project, which aims to set new standards for sustainable development, preserve and protect nature, support the local community, and develop the destination for the benefit of future generations.
The project includes an archipelago consisting of 90 pristine islands, miles of vast desert on the mainland, in addition to stunning landscapes in the neighboring volcanic valleys and mountains. The Red Sea Project will offer unique tourism programs that are specially designed to enrich visitors’ experiences.
In the sphere of energy, the Kingdom has recently witnessed good leaps in the natural gas industry, as Saudi Aramco started to develop the Jafurah gas field, which will make the country a major player in this industry globally. This is in addition to the recently discovered two new oil and gas fields in the northern parts of the country, namely the Hadat Al-Hajrah gas field in Al-Jawf region and Abraq Al-Talul oil field in the northern border region.
Saudi Arabia plays a leading role in the field of health at the regional and global levels, as every region of the Kingdom has integrated health facilities, in which highly trained medical staff work.
The Kingdom has made great strides in some medical fields, such as organ transplantation that takes place in several hospitals, the most important of which is King Faisal Specialist Hospital, in addition to successive medical achievements in the separation of the conjoined twins, as the Kingdom has become a pioneering country in this field.
In the domain of empowering women and strengthening their role in society, recent years have witnessed tremendous steps to achieve this by involving women in the Shura Council, as well as giving them the opportunity to assume senior positions in ministries. Women are also assigned to manage financial and educational institutions and bodies.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was and remains a factor of stability at the regional and international levels as reflected by its wise leadership of the G20 in light of the wars, conflicts, famines and epidemics facing the world today.
In the recent days, Saudi Arabia has announced that it is donating $100 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) and toward a number of projects in support of the United Nations response plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
On the humanitarian side, since its foundation, the Kingdom’s good has not been confined to its own people only, but is extended to most parts of the world, as it provides humanitarian, development and charitable aid including grants and soft loans to all countries of the world without any discrimination based on color, religion or ethnicity.
Saudi Arabia has always been one of the world’s ten largest providers of aid. According to the Saudi aid platform of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), the amount of aid provided by the Kingdom, in the fields of education, hospitals, transportation, agriculture and energy, amounted to SAR121.33 billion (US$32.35 billion).