Saudi Arabia recently celebrated its national day with an elegant cocktail at the Gran Melia Caracas Hotel.
Saudi Arabia a vast kingdom and one of the wealthiest nations in the region thanks to vast oil resources, has a fascinating history.
Named after the ruling Al Saud family, which first came to power in the 18th century, the country includes the Hijaz region - the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the cradle of Islam. This fact, combined with the Al Sauds’ espousal of a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam known as Wahhabism, has led it to develop a strongly religious self-identity.
Saudi Arabia was established in 1932 by King Abd-al-Aziz - known as the Lion of Najd - who took over Hijaz from the Hashemite family and united the country under his family’s rule. Since his death in 1953, he has been succeeded by various sons.
The Al Saud dynasty’s monopoly of power meant that during the 20th century successive kings were able to modernize and, develop the country’s role as a regional power.
The celebration was well attended by many of the diplomatic community, the Arabian community, and representatives of the Government. The guests enjoyed delicious lamp, sushi and exquisite or’dvres, The exquisite and memorable Arabian desserts was displayed along with a enormous cake in the center of the salon.
The “Lion of Najd” was in all his spender in the Independence Day celebration.
By Virginia Casulo
Daily Journal Staff
Photos by Nélida Mosquera