Saudi tourism chief: Japanese people interested in learning ‘world’s cultures’

Prince Sultan bin Salman visits the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition in Tokyo. (SPA)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Saudi tourism chief: Japanese people interested in learning ‘world’s cultures’

  • Naruhito welcomed Prince Sultan and expressed appreciation for the role played by the Kingdom at regional and international levels
  • Prince Sultan also visited the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition at the National Museum in Tokyo

JEDDAH: Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito received Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), at his palace in Tokyo on Thursday.

Naruhito welcomed Prince Sultan and expressed appreciation for the role played by the Kingdom at regional and international levels.

Prince Sultan conveyed the greetings of King Salman to the leadership of Japan, wishing the Japanese people progress and prosperity, and expressing keenness to consolidate bilateral relations between the two countries.

Prince Sultan also visited the “Roads of Arabia” exhibition at the National Museum in Tokyo. He said that King Salman has been supporting the archaeology sector in the Kingdom since its establishment 50 years ago.

Prince Sultan said that more than 250,000 people had visited, the largest turnout for any touring exhibition at the museum.

The exhibition’s next stop will be in Greece, in the middle of summer, following an invitation from Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during his visit to the Kingdom.

The exhibition will also visit Abu Dhabi, at the invitation of the UAE government, before moving on more countries.

Prince Sultan said that Japanese people were very cultivated, aware and interested in learning about the world’s cultures, and those of the Arabian Peninsula in particular.

He said that the SCTH is currently working on more than 230 tourist and heritage projects and is coordinating with its partners on transport services and airports.

The Kingdom had been supporting and developing the tourist sector with billions of dollars, he said, in line with the strategy of developing national tourism advanced by the SCTH and adopted by the state in 2005.

Prince Sultan said that the Kingdom was experiencing high tourist growth and was considered one of the fastest-growing states in the region in hotel room numbers, which had increased by 6,000. This figure is expected to double in the next 10 years, he said.

 


Saudi oil-product aid set to reach Yemen by end of October

The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 44 min 7 sec ago
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Saudi oil-product aid set to reach Yemen by end of October

  • Several projects have been implemented in Yemen, including the fully-equipped Seiyun Hospital, which includes five clinics, Al-Jaber said.
  • Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is to provide Yemen with oil products to support power and water-treatment plants, with the first shipment set to reach Aden by the end of October.
The announcement was made by Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, the Saudi ambassador to Yemen, executive director of the Isnad Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen and supervisor of the Saudi Reconstruction Program in Yemen, during a meeting at his office in Riyadh with a number of diplomats and researchers concerned with Yemeni affairs.
“Several projects have been implemented in Yemen, including the fully-equipped Seiyun Hospital, which includes five clinics,” said Al-Jaber. “The hospital has been prepared according to the standards deployed at Al-Jawf Hospital.” He also highlighted education, health care and agriculture projects in Al-Mahrah governorate.
Al-Jaber said that SRPY had carried out a number of electricity and development projects on Socotra Island, and that a project to reconstruct the road linking Aden and Sanaa is close to completion and vehicles have begun using parts of it.
“We at SRPY have met with a group of ambassadors from western countries and several activists and researchers concerned with Yemeni affairs and briefed them on the Kingdom’s efforts in supporting humanitarian operations in Yemen,” he said.
“We have also briefed them on the initiatives launched by Saudi Arabia and the Saudi-led coalition to support the humanitarian situation in Yemen and explained to them the projects currently being implemented by SRPY in several Yemeni governorates, including Al-Jawf, Marib, Hadramout, Al-Mahrah, Socotra and Dhala, and the importance of supporting Yemen’s economy.
“Furthermore, we have presented our future vision for supporting the humanitarian and economic situations as well as development and construction in Yemen for the present and the future.”
The Isnad Center gave a presentation during the meeting about its role in providing humanitarian access to all Yemeni governorates. SRPY briefed participants on its projects and efforts in Yemen, including the Seiyun Hospital in Hadramout, King Salman Medical and Educational City, a dialysis center, a project for building schools, a residential project in Al-Mahrah, two power plants in Socotra, a water-supply project in Al-Ghaydah, a national security and counterterrorism project, and a wheat-planting project in Masila.