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Saudi Arabia celebrates New Year for the first time in its history

The celebrations of December 31 have once again lit up the skies of the world's largest cities. And for the first time in its history, Saudi Arabia joined the celebrations.

It is a first in the history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The celebrations accompanying the passage to the New Year, which are practiced throughout the world but until then forbidden in the country, were carried out with great pomp on the evening of the last 31 December of the decade.

As in many countries around the world, the Saudi sky lit up for several minutes. Between the fireworks and the synchronized drones, it was probably in Riyadh, the capital, that the spectacle was most impressive.


“New year, new me“

The kingdom thus enters this new decade with a new step forward in its modernization. Indeed, over the past few months, Saudi Arabia has undertaken its societal evolution in a very concrete manner, with numerous reforms, within the framework of Vision 2030, the plan for the modernization of Saudi Arabia initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

If there is still a whole decade left before reaching the self-imposed deadline of the plan, the kingdom can boast of having already made major advances, particularly on the subject of women’s rights, who can now drive, travel, or even access health care, without the agreement of a male guardian.