Saudi tourism authority to inaugurate youth business projects in Jeddah

The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) in Makkah will launch a tourist accommodation project for young business people in Jeddah. (Flickr)
Updated 11 August 2018

Saudi tourism authority to inaugurate youth business projects in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) in Makkah will inaugurate on Sunday a tourist accommodation project for young business people, supported by the Social Development Bank and the Tourism Authority in Jeddah.
Mohammed Al-Omari, SCTH’s director general in Makkah, said the pilot project will initially offer young people financial support worth more than SR2 million ($533,000), representing more than one third of the value of the overall project.
The initiative is part of Path of Excellence Program adopted by SCTH in cooperation with the Social Development Bank.
Al-Omari pointed out the new tourist accommodation project for entrepreneurs in Jeddah comes within the framework of the tourism authority to support ambitious and responsible Saudi youth in the tourism and national heritage sector.
He also noted that the entire project is expected to cost around SR6 million riyals and will be located in a promising area north of Jeddah.
Al-Omari said the project is based in hotel apartments in the northern Shiraa district, which consists of four floors with the possibility of adding another four floors. It also includes 25 housing units with the potential of a meeting and events room that could accommodate about 100 people, in addition to a cafe, restaurant and laundrette.

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 23 September 2018

UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.


Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.



Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.