Al-Ula, Diriyah Gate to become major tourist attractions

The layered rock formations of Mount Athlib to the northeast of Mada’en Saleh.
Updated 27 July 2017
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Al-Ula, Diriyah Gate to become major tourist attractions

JEDDAH: King Salman has decreed the establishment of commissions to develop two of Saudi Arabia’s most important archaeological and historical sites, Al-Ula and Diriyah Gate.
The boards of both commissions will be headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The two areas’ historical, cultural and architectural significance is expected to make them major tourist attractions as the Saudi hospitality and tourism industry matures to welcome local and international travelers.
The orders to establish the Royal Commission for Al-Ula Province and the Diriyah Gate Renovation Commission are in line with Vision 2030, which seeks to develop tourism in the Kingdom to attract more than 1 million visitors annually.
Al-Ula town was founded in the 6th century and serves as the gateway to the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mada’en Saleh, which was built more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, who also built Petra in Jordan.
Diriyah was the first capital of the Saudi royal dynasty from 1744 to 1818, and is an excellent example of the Najdi architecture of that period.


Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

Updated 19 April 2019
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Finance officials meet to map out Saudi Arabia’s budget plans

  • Finance representatives of 150 government bodies meet for the Budget Forum 2020

RIYADH: Saudi finance chiefs have kicked off a major conference in the capital aimed at mapping out the Kingdom’s budget requirements.
Around 300 specialists representing 150 government bodies met at the InterContinental hotel in Riyadh for the Budget Forum 2020.
Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan welcomed delegates to the second edition of the gathering organized by the Saudi Finance Ministry under the slogan “Partnership and Empowerment.”
Al-Jadaan said the ministry was focused on “partnership and commitment,” and sought to share the challenge of developing an effective budget to achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious goals.
“We are also committed to empowering financial leaderships to learn about the ministry’s programs and projects and provide training and qualification opportunities to the best international standards,” he added.
The finance chief said the budget planning process required the collaboration of multiple authorities and a clear strategy based on transparency. 
Items up for discussion at the forum included financial planning in governmental bodies, automation, and the promotion of revenues and efficient spending.
Finance Ministry steering committee chairman, Abdul Aziz bin Saleh Al-Freih, stressed the importance of the forum in getting the ball rolling at an early stage on formulating a general state budget.
Workshops were held on the sidelines of the conference focused on empowering government organizations, and a training program on financial planning and income estimations was also staged.