ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shuaiba coast

Al-Shuaiba is known for its natural beauty. (Photo/Saudi Tourism)
Updated 26 April 2019
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ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shuaiba coast

  • Visitors choose Al-Shuaiba beach not just for its tranquility but also to dive on its magnificent coral reefs

JEDDAH: The pristine lagoon area of Al-Shuaiba in Makkah Province is one of the Kingdom’s main tourism sites.

Known for its natural beauty and small, lush islands, it is located 90 km from Makkah and 75 km from Jeddah on the Red Sea coast. 

Visitors choose Al-Shuaiba beach not just for its tranquility but also to dive on its magnificent coral reefs.

Al-Shuaiba was once the main port of Makkah before Jeddah became another important port for pilgrims. This photo of Al-Shuaiba coast was taken by Saudi photographer Mohammed Al-Thaqafi as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. •


Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

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Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Bassam Ghulman has been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.

Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.

Ghulman serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.

Ghulman holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.

He has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.

Ghulman is a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.

He recently met with members of the transport sector at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to discuss early preparations for this year’s season.

Ghulman said the meeting was in line with the ministry’s vision to improve and develop services to transport pilgrims to holy sites.