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Patriotic song composed in Urdu released to mark Saudi National Day
Tuesday September 23, 2014 8:38 AM, Staff Writer

A Madinah-based journalist released Monday a song in Urdu, considered the first Saudi Arabia's patriotic song in the language born and grown up in the Indian sub-continent, to celebrate Kingdom's National Day.

Saudi National Day

“The song was released to mark the 84th National Day of Saudi Arabia. It talks about the Kingdom’s service to the Two Holy Mosques, special attention paid to the comfort of pilgrims, the permanent support to the world in times of crises, efforts of the government to print the Holy Qur’an and translate it into different languages, and the building of mosques around the world,” Yusuf Mohammed, who released the song, is quoted as saying by Arab News.

He said the song, written by Shoaib Kareem and composed by Ghayas Hasan, was recorded outside the Kingdom.

Mohammed was born in Saudi Arabia and educated here. He has worked for several newspapers and acted in a number of television series and Janadriyah national festival stage shows.

Saudi Arabia, has a vast majority of expats from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh who speak in Urdu.

Meanwhile, Saudi cities are going green and white with the nation's flags and banners on lampposts in the main streets and highways, and citizens wearing their national colors proudly, to mark the founding of the country 84 years ago.

Students in the capital were clear what green meant to them. “It symbolizes growth, new life and peace. It represents spring, youth and determination, which makes us feel great about our beloved Kingdom,” said one student.

“The national flag is green with the white Arabic testimony of our faith — there is no god worthy of worship except the Almighty Allah and Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, is His messenger,” another student said.

As part of the national celebrations, hotels in Riyadh are also going green. Some have special programs lined up, including having staff greet guests wearing thobes in the colors of the national flag.

In addition, retailers in the capital are selling clothing and flags in national colors. A sales executive at a city hypermarket told Arab News that the items include green-colored stationery, clothes, balloons and toys.

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