Saudi Arabia’s tourism body organizes ‘Tourism Diving’ event in Yanbu

festival organizers are working to enable divers to explore the abundant coral in the surrounding waters. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s tourism body organizes ‘Tourism Diving’ event in Yanbu

YANBU: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Yanbu launched the “Tourism Diving” festival at Masmak in Sharm Yanbu.

The event includes sea theater, art evenings, diving exhibitions, virtual reality diving, deep-water exploration, a glass submarine, deep-sea activity, as well as diving activities related to the oldest sunken ship Iona and a deep-water photography workshop.

Yanbu Gov. Saad Al-Sihaimi said that the festival, in partnership with the Saudi Water Sports and Diving Federation, aims to promote Yanbu as the capital of diving.

Al-Sihaimi indicated that festival organizers are working to enable divers to explore the abundant coral in the surrounding waters.

The establishment of the festival supports tourism as an important resource in the national economy according to the Vision 2030 reform plan. 


Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

Updated 11 min 47 sec ago
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Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

RIYADH: The rector of the Islamic University of Brussels hailed Saudi efforts to promote moderate Islam, reject extremism, fight against terrorism, serve the religion and its followers, and respond to aberrant ideologies that have harmed the Muslim world.

Dr. Mustafa Khader Donmez also praised the programs carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

“The Kingdom has established specialized scientific, educational and media institutions, called for the unity of the Islamic nation, and cooperated with all that strengthens the nation’s unity and preserves its security,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been holding conferences inside and outside the Kingdom, to which it invited scholars and specialists, in cooperation with regional and international bodies to promote Islamic tolerance and address the causes of extremism and terrorism.”

Donmez said the Kingdom has invited Islamic institutions and international bodies to implement programs and events that fight extremism and condemn terrorism.

“The Kingdom is keen to promote international peace and communication between cultures and the followers of different religions through calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, a domain in which the Kingdom has been a pioneer,” he added.

Saudi Arabia “has taken the lead in spending for this purpose as it is in line with its high status on the Islamic and international levels,” he said. SPA Riyadh