Saudi Arabia Celebrates 87th National Day

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia celebrated the 87th anniversary (according to the Hijra calendar) of the nation’s founding at an event hosted on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C.

Booths, ranging from ones charting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program to others demonstrating the Kingdom’s ongoing assistance following Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, dotted D.C.’s National Building Museum during an event that convened several thousand attendees.

Over the past almost nine decades, Saudi Arabia has positioned itself as a valued Gulf partner, dedicated to ensuring peace and prosperity across the Middle East. This foundation grounds the 70-year alliance between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Today, the two nations remain steadfast partners on shared security and economic objectives.

The U.S.-Saudi partnership dates back to 1939, when Standard Oil of California (now Chevron) discovered oil in Saudi Arabia. In 1945, a meeting between President Franklin Roosevelt and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz solidified the nation’s enduring bilateral relationship. In May 2017, President Donald Trump landed in Riyadh as the first stop in the president’s inaugural diplomatic tour abroad.

Saudi Arabia, its embassies and missions worldwide mark National Day each year on September 23. The celebration commemorates the Kingdom’s establishment by founder King Abdulaziz Al-Saud in 1932.