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.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.