UNWTO lauds opening of jobs in tourism sector

Updated 09 October 2015
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UNWTO lauds opening of jobs in tourism sector

DAMMAM: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has become the fastest creator of jobs in the Kingdom, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Taleb Al-Refai, secretary-general of the UNWTO, said that the Kingdom’s strategy to link national heritage with tourism is considered the ideal model because of its success recently.
Speaking after participating in the G20 Tourism Ministers Meeting in Antalya on Sept. 30, Al-Refai said credit for this must go to Prince Sultan bin Salman, the SCTNH president, for drawing up this strategy, which has paid dividends locally and internationally.
Al-Refai said there was significant praise at the meeting for Prince Sultan’s initiatives, which included the launch of a national handicraft program, and the establishment of state-owned companies for the development of tourism destinations.
On challenges in the Middle East tourism sector, Al-Refai said: “The most significant challenge is the lack of security, stability and the wars in many Arab countries. However, the WTO said there was significant growth in this sector, particularly in the Arab Gulf states because of security provided and services for tourists.”
He said that the Saudi tourism sector was dynamic and would continue to provide jobs for young Saudis in future.


FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, KSA envoy to UN

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel
Updated 8 min 56 sec ago
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, KSA envoy to UN

  • Al-Wasel holds a doctorate in political science and international relations. He served as a professor at the King Abdul Aziz Military Academy and at Marshall University in Virginia

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel has been ambassador of Saudi Arabia at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva since 2016.

At the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Al-Wasel confirmed Saudi Arabia’s efforts in supporting the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

He expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the commission to report the latest developments of the dire human rights situation in Syria, as well as the suffering of the Syrian people who have been forced to flee their homes by the Syrian regime and pro-Damascus militias.

He pointed out that the report exposed an unprecedented development and acceleration of events throughout various troubled regions in Syria, emphasizing that the growing numbers of more than a million Syrian refugees were evidence of the Syrian regime’s continued attempts to displace its people.

Al-Wasel holds a doctorate in political science and international relations. He served as a professor at the King Abdul Aziz Military Academy and at Marshall University in Virginia.

Al-Wasel joined the diplomatic service in 1999, working in the human rights office in the department of international organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then worked at the Saudi Embassy in Australia from 2001 to 2007.

Before taking up his post as ambassador to Saudi Arabia in the UN in 2016, Al-Wasel served as the Kingdom’s deputy ambassador to the UK from 2013 for three years. Before that, he served for five years as head of the human rights office of the Saudi delegation to the UN in Geneva.