1999 News Story

Air show to be part of Centennial celebrations

On Sunday, January 24, there will be an air show organized by the armed forces on the occasion of the centennial of the event that led to the establishment of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A Dakota aircraft belonging to King Abdul Aziz will be featured in the air show. This was announced by Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General, who highlighted the progress made by the various sectors of the Saudi Armed Forces. He remarked that his ministry has established military cities and colleges that graduate officers in a number of specializations, and has set up technical institutes that graduate individuals capable of dealing with modern weapons and equipment.

Prince Sultan went on to praise the great attention being given to the armed forces by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard.
He said that the Saqr Al-Jazeera Museum of Aviation, which is due to be inaugurated on this occasion, includes a number of planes previously in use by the Royal Saudi Air Force. There are also documents and photographs that reflect the initial stages of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Abdul Aziz. The museum will be expanded over the next two years.
Meanwhile, Mayor of Riyadh Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Miqren announced that an exhibition of photographs of the capital city will be held as part of the centennial celebrations, focusing on Riyadh's development over the past 100 years since King Abdul Aziz recaptured it. A documentary film on Riyadh will be also released on the occasion. Dr. Al-Miqren went on to disclose the municipality's plan to bring out a monthly magazine named 'Riyadh City'. The municipality has already published a book, 'Riyadh in the eyes of travelers', to mark the occasion.
In a related development, the Ministry of Pilgrimage has produced a documentary film, four books and a magazine on the Hajj pilgrimage, to mark the centennial. This was announced by Minister of Pilgrimage Dr. Mahmoud Safar, who commended the efforts of the Saudi government in helping pilgrims perform their Hajj duties with security, ease and comfort.