1999 News Story

King Fahd inaugurates Centennial celebrations

Unveiling the plaque for the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud today inaugurated the centennial celebrations of the event that led to the establishment of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud. He then toured the center, which includes Al-Marabba Palace and the Darat [King Abdul Aziz Foundation] as well as a museum, a lecture hall, and a branch of the King Abdul Aziz public library.

Attending Friday prayer at the Imam Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Mosque, the King heard the khotba [sermon] given by its imam, Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, who is the Kingdom's Deputy Grand Mufti. The Sheikh talked about the security and safety that exists in Saudi Arabia as a result of implementing Shariah [Islamic Law], and gave an overview of the history of the Arabian Peninsula.
After unveiling the plaque at the Masmak Fortress, King Fahd proceeded to the Palace of Al-Hokm, the venue of the centennial celebrations.
His speech was then delivered on his behalf by Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, who is head of the preparatory committee for the celebrations.
Following the speech, King Fahd honored the pioneers who accompanied King Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud in the recapture of the city of Riyadh. These were represented by their sons and grandsons, to whom the King handed over special medals.