The Saudi Arabian students of the University of Southern Queensland showcased their culture and heritage to an excited audience during the Saudi Arabia National Day celebrations held this week.
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Abdul Aziz Alghamdi, President of the Saudi Arabia Student Club of Toowoomba, was one of the key organisers of the event and said the day was supposed to be a reflection of Saudi Arabian culture.
‘Some people have this perception of Saudi Arabia being a desert with a few tents, but that’s not the case at all,’ Mr Alghamdi said.
‘It’s a very unique culture and we wanted to showcase it to the Toowoomba and USQ community.’
The Saudi Arabia National Day celebrations included a photo gallery of the country, traditional songs and dancing, free traditional food, a screening of a documentary film about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, quizzes and more.
Mr Alghamdi said has been living in Australia and studying Nursing at USQ for the past three years and will be heading back to his hometown of Riyadh when he finishes his study.
Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and has a population of about 5.5 million people.
‘This is my last semester at USQ so I will be taking the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in Toowoomba back to my home country,’ Mr Alghamdi said.
‘I’ve really enjoyed my time here, the weather is nice, the universities are quite different and the people of Toowoomba have been very friendly.
‘There is also a lot of greenery and flowers in Toowoomba, which we don’t see as much of back home.’
Jim Campbell, USQ Media, 07 4631 2977, firstname.lastname@example.org