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Unity is the secret behind Saudi Arabia’s strength, greatness

Thursday marked the 86th anniversary of national unity for Saudi Arabia

Alaa Alghamdi

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Thursday marked the 86th anniversary of national unity for Saudi Arabia. On this cherished occasion, we cannot fail to salute and be proud of our soldiers stationed along the border, risking their lives potentially in sacrifice for their country.

This sends the message of the most beautiful love that these soldiers have for their homeland. These messages demonstrate their steadfastness and the highest loyalty and devotion toward the land that embraced their parents and grandparents.

The celebration of the National Day means celebrating the anniversary of the day on which the unification of the Kingdom, which was once scattered and disparate, occurred in the Hijri year 1351 (1932 in the Gregorian calendar).

On that day, founder King Abdulaziz, may God have mercy on him, issued a decree creating the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd.

Whenever this anniversary passes, we mark its historic significance across the entire nation, coming together to feel proud.

It is the unity achieved by the country that is the secret of its strength and greatness; the bedrock of all the growth and the development and progression we have achieved.

We must stand united in the face of danger and those who aim to demolish the gains that we have built up over more than eight decades

Alaa Alghamdi

From here, we saw the beginning of standardization.

Today, we realize the renaissance that has been achieved and the progress made over the last 86 years.

We’ve been able to see how our country - in a very short period of time - went from an unknown small nation into a major state able to impose itself with prestige around the world, becoming a voice in politics and the global economy.

This year, as we celebrate our National Day, it is important to remember that our country today faces difficult challenges, threatening nations and malicious people intent on harming us.

It is our responsibility to ensure the continuation of unity to maintain our security.

We must stand united in the face of danger and those who aim to demolish the gains that we have built up over more than eight decades.

God bless our country and everyone who defends it.

This article was first published in Arab News on Sept. 23, 2016.

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Alaa Alghamdi is a Saudi columnist who writes on national issues.

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