Saudi Arabia to open 3 Arabic-language institutes in Indonesia

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Indonesia Osama Mohammad Abdullah Alshuaibi. (Reuters)
Updated 02 March 2017
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Saudi Arabia to open 3 Arabic-language institutes in Indonesia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is planning to establish Arabic-language institutions in the three major Indonesian cities of Makassar, Medan and Surabaya, said Saudi Ambassador Osama Mohammed Abdullah Al-Shuaibi.
The envoy said the goal is to help Indonesians improve their Arabic-language skills, and the institutions would have no radical influences.
“They will only deliver Arabic-language instruction. We will not allow any party to make use of the institutions for other purposes or interests,” he said on Tuesday.
“There is already the Islamic and Arabic College of Indonesia in Jakarta, which is a branch of the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh,” the envoy told Arab News. “This branch includes a two-year Arabic-language course first, then the student can get a bachelor degree in Islamic studies.”
An Arabic-language institution was recently opened on Sumatra island. The three forthcoming institutions are on Sulawesi island in Makassar city, on Java island in Surabaya city, and on Sumatra island in Medan city. “The three institutions will be opened in the coming two or three weeks, since we got King Salman’s approval,” Al-Shuaibi said, adding that they should have been opened at the start of the second semester, but were delayed due to technical issues.
King Salman arrived in Indonesia yesterday with a 1,500-member delegation.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

Updated 15 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.