Ambassador Al-Jubeir hosts National Day reception

October 1, 2009


   Ambassador Adel A. Al-Jubeir (third from the left) and
   U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey (center)
   with Saudi student volunteers

Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel A. Al-Jubeir hosted a reception at the Embassy in Washington last night in honor of Saudi Arabia’s 77th National Day (based on the Gregorian calendar). The event showcased Saudi food and culture, giving guests the opportunity to experience Bedouin tents and Arabian coffee and dates. Saudi student volunteers, wearing traditional robes, were on hand to answer questions and share information. During the reception, Ambassador Al-Jubeir mingled with the the many guests.

Saudi National Day, which marks the anniversary of the founding of the modern Kingdom by King Abdulaziz Al-Saud in 1932, is observed annually on September 23. This year’s reception was held later because September 23 fell during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

   Guests experiencing a Bedouin tent

Ambassador Al-Jubeir and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota 

   Ambassador Al-Jubeir and U.S. National Security Advisor
   Gen. James Jones
    Saudi children in traditional dress