A renewed celebration of the Kingdom's National Day

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have close historical ties ... "Together - Never"

  • Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his visit to the Kingdom at the beginning of the Kuwait crisis on the second of September 1990. The National Archives

  • Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud after they witnessed the graduation ceremony of the fourth batch of the Technical Institute of Aviation - Dhahran on the fourth of December 1974. The National Archives


Under the slogan "Together - Never", the UAE celebrates the Saudi National Day, which marks the 90th anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Today falls on Wednesday the 23rd of September, and the celebration includes many events organized by the state every year on this occasion.

The slogan “Together - Never” reflects the depth of the relations that bind the two countries, and the close ties that bind the two peoples in various fields, cultural, historical, social, economic, political and other, these relationships established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God bless them, to gain greater strength and strength under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, by building on common values ​​and a single destiny.

Historical relations

Relations between Saudi Arabia and the UAE did not begin recently, but extend throughout the history of the two countries, but rather before the establishment of each of the two countries in their current official form. Before the announcement of the UAE federation in 1971, the ropes of connection between the seven emirates of the union and Saudi Arabia were stretched, especially since Saudi Arabia is the land of the Two Holy Mosques, And the great sister of the Gulf emirates in general, so Riyadh supported the Union, since it was a nanny, in order to fill the void of the British withdrawal, in order to preserve the independence of these Emirates and protect their soil from Iranian ambitions in the main place, according to what the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the UAE, Turki Al-Dakhil, mentions, In his book "Saudi-Emirati Relations in Light of Common Challenges", issued by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, explaining that the Saudi-Emirati coordination has been based on a balance of realism drawn from the political experience of the two countries and their internal experiences, which can be called the memory of morals Political alliances are in the minds of decision-makers. Therefore, understanding and interpreting the alliance is not limited to listing current interests only, but rather to return to historical data that reveal the value of an idea.

"Alliances" in the political and social minds of the two states.

Similar points in the history of the two countries were marked in the collective memory of their peoples.

In the two historical models of the path of establishing the state uniting the idea of ​​cooperation and alliance against danger, and uniting to serve the people, and the social contract in them is gradually formed based on the concept of stability and satisfaction with it gradually, in addition to this the similarity of the inputs of the religious and social values ​​in the two countries, and even the economic and productive conditions, both from Underground oil and minerals, or agriculture and land and sea trade.

Alliances and partnerships

He added: “All this creates an intertwined political and social morality that affects the political planning of the two countries, and pushes them to adopt the option of cooperating with friends, entering into an alliance and partnerships, instead of acting alone and leaving the group, especially since its history rejects the actions of rogue states, and both countries have a reality. My history is saturated with values ​​that glorify such tribal and political alliances, so how many alliances in Emirati history were they expressing the tribal and political alliances, including, for example, the Bani Yas Alliance, and the same case applies to the Saudi model, which contained multiple tribal alliances and reconciliations, and steps that spanned three centuries. During which there are three Saudi countries, and the life of the third (current) Saudi state extends about 90 years, and when the state is established in the incubator of these alliances, which are strengthened by religion, lineage, and the convergence of customs and values, in addition to other moral interests, this creates a common mood, ”explaining that the two countries are twice During a founding phase in which distinguished founding leaders emerged, possessing a clear and ambitious future vision for their country, represented in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by the founder, King Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud, unifying the homeland and collecting Sheta

His regions and citizens are the king, who during his reign has folded the country into a phase of fragmentation, war and conflict between the components of what has become, through the struggle for unification, the entity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which after effort and jihad has become a unified kingdom, with an ethical and religious charter that strengthens stability, and chooses the approach of the system, the idea of ​​the state, and the development The human being stems from his respect, at the expense of every other idea, and years later, the founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his brothers, the rulers of the Emirates, succeeded in establishing a similar conciliatory consciousness through the seven emirates towards the union of the making of the United Arab Emirates, which achieved - based on foundations Unity and the building blocks of the first start, and the efforts of the founder in reuniting, expanding the coalition, staving off ideas of difference, overcoming difficulties - a state that within a few decades has become known for development, growth, progress and tolerance.

Saudi National Day

The celebration of the Saudi National Day for the unification of its territories dates back to September 23, to Royal Decree No. 2716, which King Abdulaziz issued on that day in 1932, corresponding to Jumada Al-Awwal 17 in 1351 AH, to transfer the name of the state from the Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd and its annexes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the first of its kings, was able on January 15, 1902 to regain Riyadh, continuing his endeavor to unify the kingdom, where he succeeded in unifying many regions over a period of 30 years, the most important of which are: Southern Najd, Sadeer and Al-Tashm. And Qassim and Al-Ahsa, Asir and Hail, followed by the annexation of the Hejaz region, before the unification of the Jizan region was finally completed in 1930.


The year 2014 witnessed the formation of the joint supreme committee between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, whose mission is to implement the strategic visions of the leaders of the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations, within the framework of a strong cohesive entity that would benefit the two peoples and support the march of joint Gulf action.

In 2016, the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council was established, with the aim of achieving a common vision between the two countries, and consolidating their positions in the fields of economy and human development, in order to achieve societal well-being in the two countries.

Strong relations established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Saudi-Emirati coordination was built on the balance of realism and political experience of the two countries, and their internal experiences.


Saudi projects in the Emirates.


An Emirati project in Saudi Arabia.

«Memory of the Nation»

A weekly page provided by "Emirates Today", in cooperation with the "National Archives", affiliated with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, with the aim of introducing the way life in the Emirates before the federation, and during its early beginnings, and the great effort made by the founding fathers of the state for its establishment, and linking it to what the leaders of the Emirates achieve today And her sons from the achievements witnessed by the world.

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