Saudi Arabia: Founding Day pushes nation-building agenda


Issue 1164 - 24 Feb 2023 | 2 minute read

Saudi Arabia celebrated its recently created Founding Day on 22 February – the second year it has been officially marked. It marks what is referred to as the creation of the ‘First Saudi State’, on the day ancestor Mohammed Ibn Saud took control of Diriyah in 1727.  It is different from National Day, which marks “the unification” of Saudi Arabia on 23 September 1932.

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