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Fantastic Things To Do On Saudi National Day 2022

One of the most significant occasions in the Kingdom is Saudi National Day, which honors the beginning of contemporary Saudi Arabia. Also known as Al Yom Al Watany in Arabic, and occurs annually on September 23. Saudi Arabia's National Day is a holiday that serves as a day of celebration for the country. The day commemorates King Abdul Aziz Al Saud's renaming of the Kingdom of Najd and Hejaz as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 2005, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud declared the day a public holiday.

This year’s 92nd annual Saudi National Day is expected to be the biggest yet with the theme and catchphrase "Heya Lana Dar," which translates to "Saudi is Our Home."

The Saudi General Entertainment Authority said, “this theme reflects sincere and deep connotations and touches the conscience of Saudis who describe the Kingdom as “Dar (home)” in many popular songs and poems that represent part of Saudi past and present.” National Day will also be focused on Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives.

Since Saudi National Day is a public holiday, you can extend the festivities over a three-day weekend. If you are wondering, there are lots to do as there are many special events happening all around in restaurants, hotels, malls, and stadiums. Check out a few fantastic things to look out for.

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Saudi National Day 2022 Performances

Arabic concerts will kick off the Saudi National Day celebration. On 22 September, Majid Al Mohandes performs at King Abdullah Sports City Qassim in Buraydah. On 23 September, watch Rabeh Saqr at Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Sports City in Al Ahsa, and Ahlam and Abadi AlJohar at the Abu Bakr Salem Stage in Boulevard Riyadh City. On 24 September, catch Mohamed Abdho at Talal Maddah Theater in Abha. Tickets are on sale now.

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The audience takes center stage during this interactive show, encouraged to sing along to patriotic Arabic songs. The event takes place from 21 to 24 September. All visitors must be at least six years old.

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Azimuth AlUla

AlUla is vibrant with Azimuth music festival taking place from 22 September to 24 September, and welcomes both domestic and foreign performers. The line-up includes the artists Baloo, Biirdperson, Dish Dash, DJ Snake KAYAN, Damian Lazarus, Parov Stelar, Vinyl Mode, and more. Visitors will be able to engage with displays from Desert X AlUla 2022, which are set in the expansive desert.

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A.O.K Kitchen

One of Riyadh's most recent establishments has fused cuisine with culture to create an original menu and artwork from September 15 to 25. To honor the occasion, A.O.K Kitchen is adding two limited-edition items to its menu that are sugar- and dairy-free. Al Dar, which translates to “home” in Arabic, is a refreshing pomegranate-based drink with lemon juice, water and dates, topped with a gold leaf garnish. The other is a Baba Sponge desert which consists of cardamom, cinnamon, coffee and rose water. Additionally, you can admire Saudi artist Raeda Ashour's piece This is Our Home, commissioned by A.O.K Kitchen, and which coincides with the theme of the event.

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Il Baretto

To commemorate Saudi National Day, Il Baretto Riyadh is collaborating with the publisher Assouline. Throughout September, guests can learn about the Kingdom through Assouline’s books: Jeddah Al-Balad, Al Ahsa Oasis, Crafts of the Kingdom, Red Sea: The Saudi Coast and Arabian Leopard. Il Baretto will also be introducing two limited-edition delicacies to the menu, available from September 15 to 25, that are inspired by Saudi history and regional flavors. The dessert is a delicious lime tart with creamy vanilla, date compote, apricot sorbet and salty crystal sugar, and the spiced drink brings together Ma’mool biscuit, apricot jam, rosemary, non-alcoholic gin, homemade fig tartine and jam date puree.

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Milwan at Le Méridien

In honor of the occasion, the hotel's restaurant will offer a buffet on 23rd of September. Enjoy a variety of cold appetizers, seafood, grilled food, and international cuisine. Additionally, the menu will feature the chef's signature dishes as well as traditional Saudi specialties. The restaurant also includes a play area for children and movies.

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Narcissus Hotel & Spa Riyadh

The Argentinian restaurant is famous for its mouthwatering BBQ, fusing European influences with ingredients from Latin America. It is preparing a special menu in honor of Saudi National Day served on September 22 and 23. So reserve a place on the rooftop terrace and you might just view the capital's fireworks. Blankets are available in case you become cold.

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Café Bateel

Beautiful boxes of gourmet dates are available at Café Bateel as thoughtful gifts for your loved ones since without dates, no Saudi National Day celebration would be complete.

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