Saudi Arabia marks third anniversary of King Abdullah’s reign

June 30, 2008

Saudi Arabia today marks the third anniversary of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz’s ascension to the throne, the Arab News reported today.

During the three years of his reign, the Kingdom has witnessed unprecedented progress in economic, social, educational, health, agricultural and industrial sectors.

King Abdullah, who ascended the throne on August 1, 2005 (25 Jumada II, 1426), has brought about remarkable changes in the administration. He has successfully enhanced Saudi Arabia’s international standing by building strong relations with influential countries and through his balanced policies.

Some of the King’s major achievements included convening the international energy summit in Jeddah, the launch of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the call for an interfaith dialogue, and the opening of major welfare projects. He also won the International King Faisal Prize for Service to Islam.

The King has also established the mega economic cities in Rabigh, Hail, Madinah and Jizan, which are expected to draw $80 billion (SR300 billion) in investments and create more than a million jobs.

On an international level, King Abdullah visited many important countries in the East and West to promote economic and political ties. He used his meetings with world leaders to mobilize support for Arab and Islamic causes. The Arab peace plan, which was originally proposed by Abdullah when he was crown prince, has won international acclaim.

At home, the King visited different regions of the Kingdom to see for himself the condition of his people and their development needs. He has also initiated expansion projects for the Two Holy Mosques and established the King Abdulaziz Center for national Dialogue, which organized forums to discuss issues related to women, education, labor and reforms.