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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Saudi Arabia celebrates UAE National Day with series of events

Saudi Arabia is celebrating the UAE's 47th National Day in the lead up to Sunday by marking the occasion with a series of events that reflect the unity and shared culture of the two countries.

Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest’s oil producing company, is helping to share the UAE's celebrations by reflecting the close ties between the kingdom and its Gulf neighbour.

Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran has organised a busy public programme with multiple events over three days, in co-ordination with the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

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At Ithra, there will be a screening of Emirati short films, folk dances, a showcase of Emirati cuisine by celebrity chefs based in the UAE and a book signing by the author Sultan Al Amimi.

The UAE flag is also being projected onto the Ithra building over consecutive nights, and its image has been widely shared on social media.

Several Twitter users wrote: “The Emirates and Saudi are one person, each is a half that completes the other.

"Our country, the Emirates are beloved. Blessed leaders and people towards greater progress, prosperity, civilization, security and safety.”

The Arabic hashtag “The UAE National Day 47” is trending on Twitter in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi citizens also broadcast their wishes for the UAE on Twitter with the Arabic hashtag, “Your Strength is Our Strength”.

The most popular photos posted online were of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Some posted military images, highlighting the support the two states have given each other in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

“In happiness together, in war together and in peace together,” tweeted Abu Noor @mooodi1818.