Saudi Arabia seeks ecotourism boost by protecting environment, wildlife

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King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo courtesy of Small And Big Wonders At The King’s Forest (Rawdat Khuraim))
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King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo courtesy of Small And Big Wonders At The King’s Forest (Rawdat Khuraim))
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King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo courtesy of Small And Big Wonders At The King’s Forest (Rawdat Khuraim))
Updated 03 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia seeks ecotourism boost by protecting environment, wildlife

  • King Salman aims to preserve natural environment and wildlife and its reproduction and development in Saudi Arabia
  • The royal decrees include identifying and designating the royal reserves and the formation of its boards of directors

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has made huge strides in environmental protection with initiatives to preserve the natural environment and wildlife that will boost ecotourism, reduce fishing and overgrazing, and protect and encourage vegetation.
As part of these efforts, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order establishing the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Royal Reserves shall be determined and named by an order issued by the president of Council of Ministers. Each Royal Reserve shall have a board of directors:
1- Rawdhat Khuraim Reserve will be a royal reserve named Imam Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Reserve, with its board of directors under the chairmanship of Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd. Six specialists will be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
2- Mahazah Al-Sayad Reserve will be named Imam Saud bin Abdul Aziz Reserve, under the chairmanship of Prince Abdullah bin Bandar and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
3- Al-Taysiyah Reserve shall be a royal reserve named Imam Turki bin Abdullah Reserve, with its board under the chairmanship of Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
4- Al-Tanhat and Al-Khafs Reserves shall be a royal reserve named King Abdul Aziz Reserve, with its board under the chairmanship of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
5- Al-Khanfa, Al-Tubaiq and Hurra Al-Hurra Reserves shall be a royal reserve named King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Reserve, with its board under the chairmanship of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.
6- The area between NEOM Project and Red Sea and Al-A’ala Project shall be a royal reserve named Prince Mohammed bin Salman Reserve, with under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vice president of the Council of Ministers. Six specialists will be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

 


King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. (Supplied)
Updated 17 October 2018
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King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

  • The Saudi leadership made key decisions to protect antiquities and historical sites
  • Saudi Arabia aims to conduct awareness campaigns, establish museums and develop them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors

JEDDAH: The achievements made in Saudi Arabia’s national heritage sector, and the prizes and awards that have been won as result, are thanks to the support and efforts of King Salman, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
His comments came as the king received the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage, which was awarded in recognition of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques cultural heritage program.
King Salman oversaw the creation of the antiquities and heritage sector 50 years ago and stood firmly against the elimination or extinction of archaeological and heritage sites, Prince Sultan said, and has made historical and important decisions to protect antiquities since the era of the late King Saud.
This support culminated in the adoption of the innovative Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques for the Care of Cultural Heritage program, implemented by the commission to bring about a qualitative shift in projects and programs devoted to national cultural heritage.
Prince Sultan said: “The award is a result of King Salman’s follow-up and support to the program, which the SCTH and our team have translated into projects and initiatives carried out in cooperation with highly professional partners, in order to preserve, restore and develop the national heritage and make it a reality that connects citizens to their country’s history and heritage.”
He said the SCTH has built upon the great efforts of the institutions that preceded it in taking care of the nation’s antiquities, as well as individual efforts to preserve national heritage.
“Today, we reap the fruits of these efforts: The culture we have learnt from King Salman and previous leaders, which has taught us to complete the work and loyalty of all those who built and achieved before us,” he said.
Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, a member of the Federal Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, announced that the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage had been awarded to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Program for the Care of Cultural Heritage during a ceremony on April 22, 2018.
The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. It also conducts awareness campaigns, establishes museums and develops them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors, prepares Islamic historical sites to welcome visitors, and preserves culturally important buildings and towns to showcase the role of the Kingdom as a crossroads for civilizations through the ages and achieve a qualitative shift in the field, contributing to economic growth.