MWL, Uffizi Gallery sign agreement to promote intercultural dialogue

Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and Uffizi Gallery Director Eike Schmidt sign a cooperation agreement to develop education and training and promote intercultural dialogue. (SPA)
Updated 17 October 2018
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MWL, Uffizi Gallery sign agreement to promote intercultural dialogue

  • The agreement aims to implement educational and cultural initiatives to support plans to develop education and training and promote intercultural dialogue
  • It also aims to introduce people of the world to the true and real Arab and Islamic culture

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, one of the oldest and most famous art institutions in Europe, and the second-largest and most important museum in the world ranking after the Louvre in Paris.

Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL, and Eike Schmidt, the museum’s director, signed the agreement, which aims to implement educational and cultural initiatives to support plans to develop education and training and promote intercultural dialogue.

It also aims to introduce people of the world to the true and real Arab and Islamic culture, so as to deepen the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding between the communities from these regions and other societies.

The two parties will organize seminars and training courses, given the important role the museum plays in promoting cultural exchange and educational activities.

Schmidt stressed the museum’s deep understanding of the importance of the cultural exchange project with the MWL. He also underlined the museum’s keenness to organize joint initiatives to achieve mutual goals.

The museum, which was established in 1581, contains a large number of world-famous works.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

Updated 27 min 26 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.