More than 120 prominent personalities, both Arab and non-Arab, have been invited to participate in the international conference 'Saudi Arabia: One Hundred Years', which will be held January 24-27 as part of the Kingdom's centenary celebrations. In addition, some 256 researchers, 132 of them from overseas, will take part. The celebrations marking the centennial of the event that led to the Kingdom's foundation by King Abdul Aziz will be launched in Riyadh on January 22, 1999, by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz. The Ministry of Agriculture and Water said yesterday that it will participate in the centenary by highlighting King Abdul Aziz' role in setting out the strategies for the Kingdom's food and water security, holding exhibitions on the occasion, publishing a number of books, and bringing out a documentary film highlighting the Kingdom's progress in agriculture and water.
Meanwhile, governorates in the various provinces are making preparations for centenary programs. On Monday, Governor of Tabuk Province Prince Fahd Ibn Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz spoke about the centennial celebrations saying: "The goal of these celebrations is to recall the glorious memory of the Kingdom's leaders and their contribution to the unification of the country under the Islamic flag."