Saudi Arabia celebrates "Foundation Day"

[22-02-2023 10:37 AM]

Ammon News - Foundation Day, or Founding Day, is an official public holiday in Saudi Arabia on February 22nd each year.

The holiday was created in 2022 to commemorate the foundation of the first Saudi state named Diriyah, by Imam Mohammad Bin Saud. Although he rose to power in 1727, the establishment of the first Saudi state took place in 1977.

In 1727, through an alliance with religious scholar Mohammad bin Abdul Wahab, the emirate of Diriyah was born as the first amongst three Saudi states. It was the determination of Imam Mohammed in 1727 to transform the city-state into a nation-state, bringing peace and unity to the wider Arabian Peninsula, that two centuries later culminated in the foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Keeper of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, had issued a royal decree which approved February 22nd of each year as an official holiday, to celebrate the founding of the Saudi state, under the name of “Foundation Day”.

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