New rules set to organize seminars, lectures in Saudi Arabia

Head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, speaks during an interview with AFP at the commission's headquarters in Riyadh, in this December 18, 2017 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 02 April 2018
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New rules set to organize seminars, lectures in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has issued new rules and procedures for organizing seminars, training courses, meetings and workshops, with the aim of advancing and expanding this growing industry in Saudi Arabia.
Tariq Al-Essa, executive director of Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau, said these rules and procedures are based on high professional and technical standards aiming at quality, just and fair competition among the organizers of conferences and commercial exhibitions, and encouraging them to invest in Saudi Arabia.
“In addition, the general conditions regulate that Arabic is the official language of the conference; other languages may be used, provided arrangement for interpretation of them in Arabic is present,” Al-Essa said. “The number attendees in the conference shall not be less than (50) people.”
He added: “Duration of a conference should be at least four hours and not more than seven days. The conferences should be hosted in licensed conference halls, or conference halls within universities, halls and lounges inside hotels, or venues where conferences are allowed.”
Al-Essa said tourist or entertainment events can be organized to accompany the conference, taking into account the regulations. In dealing with workshops, organizers must apply for initial approval through the portal of the program four days before its commencement with a processing time of two working days.
As for lectures and training courses, the organizer must apply for the license at least 90 days in advance. Applications will be processed within seven working days.


Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Ambassador Raja Ali Ejaz assumes his new role on Monday. (Supplied)
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Pakistan appoints new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

  • Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York

JEDDAH: Raja Ali Ejaz, a career diplomat, assumed his responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia on Monday. 
Prior to this appointment he served as the consul general of Pakistan in New York. He also served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad as director general (United Nations) from January 2013 to January 2014. 
He previously held the post of director in the Office of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (2004-2006), as desk officer for India (1996-1998) and desk officer for South East Asia and the Pacific (1991-1992). 
He has served at various overseas assignments at the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul (1992-1996), at the High Commission for Pakistan in London (1998-2001), the Embassy of Pakistan in Bucharest (2001-2004) and the Embassy of Pakistan in Mexico (2006-2012). 
He attended the Civil Service Academy in Lahore from 1990 to 1991.
Ejaz’s appointment to the Kingdom comes at a time when Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are trying to strengthen their diplomatic relations.
The two countries have traditionally enjoyed close military ties. Now, they are also building strong relationship in the areas of finance, commerce and investment.