EP hotels doing roaring business during holiday

Updated 27 March 2014
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EP hotels doing roaring business during holiday

Occupancy rates in hotels and furnished residential units in the Eastern Province have reached 100 percent during the current spring break holiday, according to the director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in the Eastern Province, Abdul Latif Al-Benian.
Most visitors come to the Eastern Province to spend their vacation and visit relatives, he said. The region has become one of the top tourist destinations for many families in the Kingdom, especially during the mid-year school holiday, as well as during other holidays and occasions, he said, indicating that holidaymakers account for 63 percent of the total domestic passengers, while the purpose of visiting relatives and friends account for 33 percent of flights.
Business is brisk for hotels and furnished apartments which are recording a 100 percent occupancy rate. People looking for accommodation are finding it increasingly difficult to find a place to stay, he noted.
Al-Benian said that the inspection and control teams of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities branch in the Eastern Province identified 30 violations during inspection rounds. Three of the violations involved overcharging by furnished apartments. Legal procedures have been initiated.
Other violations were related to the non-declaration of the licensing and pricing lists, he said.
He said five control and inspection teams are monitoring the establishments to ensure that they meet the quality standards of service and not exceed the price limit.
Al-Benian said that although the establishments are monitored throughout the year, inspections are intensified during the holiday seasons.
The growing tourism industry and activities in recent years have raised the number of hotels to 94, an increase from only 50 hotels several years ago. Residential units have increased from 430 to 576 units.
Al-Benain said: “The Eastern Province is hosting many festivals and events during the midyear school break, including the second Festival of the East Coast located at the waterfront in Dammam, the Sixth National Festival of Science and Technology in Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center in Alkhobar, and the Second Spring Festival in Jubail, which is organized by the Royal Commission of Jubail. There is also the Kaysariah Al-Rashed Market organized at Al-Rashed compound in Alkhobar.
Al-Benian shared the tourism toll free number (19988), which he explained offers information for visitors, as well as receives any complaints and observations from tourists.


Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

Updated 10 min 37 sec ago
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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.