Saudi efforts to promote Kingdom as destination praised

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Saudi Arabi's Eastern Province has many beaches that can be used for Formula 1 boat racing and environmental fishing. (Supplied photo)
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Saudi Arabi's Eastern Province has many beaches that can be used for Formula 1 boat racing and environmental fishing. (Supplied photo)
Updated 30 November 2018
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Saudi efforts to promote Kingdom as destination praised

JEDDAH: The president of the Arab Tourism Organization, Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al-Fuhaid, has commended Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), and its chairman, Prince Sultan bin Salman, for its efforts to promote destinations in the Kingdom and showcase their cultural diversity.
His comments came as he and the authority’s director-general in the Eastern Province, Abdullatif Al-Bunyan, visited a museum in Dammam.
“The authority has become a distinctive model due to its experiences, programs and vision, which helped draw the attention of many international organizations working in the tourism sector,” said Al-Fuhaid. “It has significant achievements in both tourism and heritage.”
In particular, he highlighted the efforts exerted by the authority’s branch in the Eastern Province to support and improve the tourism sector.
“The ATO is touring all the regions of the Kingdom to examine and present a number of tourism programs,” he said. “The Eastern Province has many beaches that can be used for Formula 1 boat racing and environmental fishing. These projects will be presented to the region’s businessmen along with other projects in order to support this sector in the region.
“This tour comes within the framework of the organization’s keenness to visit the Kingdom’s important tourist, historic and heritage landmarks and set a strategy for the joint cooperation with the authority’s branches in the Kingdom.
“Saudi Arabia established the ATO in 2001 with the support of Prince Sultan, and a royal decree based it in Jeddah. The Kingdom’s leadership has been backing the organization ever since,” Al-Fuhaid added, noting that “all the Arab countries are members of the ATO.”


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.