Philatelic society to honor 82

Updated 16 September 2014
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Philatelic society to honor 82

The Saudi Philatelic & Numismatics Society (SPNS) marked its 50th anniversary at its headquarters in the Saudi capital on Saturday and announced that it will honor 82 individuals and newspapers for their support.
“They will be honored in fitting ceremonies during the celebration of the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23 at the King Fahd Cultural Center,” Usamah M. Al-Kurdi, SPNS chairman, said. The awarding ceremony will be attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja.
Al-Kurdi added that the founders of the society of 50 years will also be honored. “There are 30 names on the list and we’re searching for others,” he said.
One of the founding members, Abdalla Ibrahim Almukrin, now 80 years old, attended the 50th founding anniversary celebration. Almukrin, who used to work at the post office, is also a member of the Voice of America Stamp Club.
Al-Kurdi added that the society’s board members for the last 50 years and those currently serving on the board will also be honored as a token of gratitude for their service to the society.
Al-Kurdi said that a new show entitled “Bank notes and stamp collectors,” will be held during the Saudi National Day celebration. “We hope to organize two lectures — one on bank notes and the other on Saudi stamps,” he said.
The SPNS is scheduled to honor participants, Saudis and non-Saudis who received medals from the organizers of international exhibitions including the Federation of Stamp Collectors and the Asian Federation of Stamp Collectors, on Sept. 24.
Al-Kurdi said that the SPNS aims to create a good environment where hobbyists can meet for various activities related to stamp collection, bank notes and old coins.
“We have a lot of these activities in SPNS’s branches in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Ahsa and Jazan in addition to the headquarters in the Saudi capital,” he said. He added that as part of its strategy, SPNS has weekly gatherings for members, a separate one for female members and a third for numismatics collectors.
Al-Kurdi added that SPNS also gives attention to the development of the members’ capabilities and that there are various activities in this regard. One activity is organizing local events for professional collectors, another for beginners and still another for the young hobbyists or enthusiasts. Al-Kurdi added that the different kinds of activities for collectors of stamps, coins and bank notes are rated at three levels. The Society was founded by Ibrahim Milibary in 1964. The original founders were A. Katooah, H. Nori, Sadiq Jamal, H. Abbas, Ismael Attar, Hassan Qari, Faisal Ajhori, Ibrahim Tabil, Omar Bukhar, Ismael Shafi, Turki Khokair, and Mohammad Safdar.


Saudi Commission for Tourism completes training for Hajj guides

Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on August 15, 2018, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city. (AFP)
Updated 17 August 2018
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Saudi Commission for Tourism completes training for Hajj guides

  • A license takes any traditional work to a professional level, and hosting pilgrims must be included in this initiative, as part of Vision 2030
  • We must look at tourism as an industry through which we present our vision, our goals and our ambitions

MAKKH: In a breakthrough initiative for Tawafa institutions, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has completed the training of 135 male and female Tawafa guides — religious guides for Hajj pilgrims — who have obtained tour guide licenses.
The training is the first step in a program that will enable national Tawafa establishments to obtain tour guide licenses. The ceremony for the first of the tour guides to graduate from the training course took place in Makkah on Tuesday, at the National Tawafa Establishment for Pilgrims of Arab Countries (ARBHAJ).
SCTH Director-General Dr. Hisham bin Mohammed Madani said the commission has honored more than 135 male and female “Mutawwifs,” or guides, from ARBHAJ under the partnership between the SCTH and the ARBHAJ to train Tawafa guides to obtain tour guide licenses.
Madani said this is the first phase of an initiative to train guides at all Tawafa establishments, introducing pilgrims to a new concept by helping them visit all historical and archaeological sites and museums in Makkah after performing Hajj rituals.
“Tour guides are more and more dynamic and effective in the tourism industry, and have become an important and effective source of historical information,” he said and added that the tour guide now also functions as an ambassador for the authentic culture of the Kingdom, reflecting its cultural, natural and historical heritage.
Licensing Tawaf guides as tour guides, Madani said, will enrich the tourist experience in the holy capital.
The SCTH chief noted that the city is rich with myriad cultural treasures that need someone to showcase them for tourists.
“We at SCTH presented our experience in qualifying accredited tour guides and we look forward to improving tourism outputs to match the reality and requirements of the new phase,” he said. “In order to reach this goal, we are collaborating with all partners to reach satisfactory results to deal with all nationalities, tongues and cultural backgrounds from all parts of the world with satisfaction, love and positivity.”
“We must look at tourism as an industry through which we present our vision, our goals and our ambitions. Makkah is the holy city that every Muslim looks forward to visiting after hearing about its great heritage. Our role is to provide knowledge and keep abreast of the tourist vision by qualifying and training tour guides, equipping them with the necessary skills and qualifications and honing their skills through required training programs. To this end, all partners must join their efforts and collaborate together to reach the desired goals.”

Initiative
Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat, deputy minister of Hajj and Umrah, said that the ministry is implementing an initiative to provide a professional license for everyone working at Hajj, not just in Tawaf.
He said: “A license takes any traditional work to a professional level, and hosting pilgrims must be included in this initiative, as part of Vision 2030, to focus on enriching the pilgrims’ experience, and not only on increasing their numbers.”
Mashat said it was important for pilgrims’ journeys to be coupled with trips to historical and archaeological sites. “We rely on male and female Tawaf guides to organize well-thought-out trips for the pilgrims so that they can enjoy all the historical and archaeological sites and landmarks in Makkah,” he added.