Prince Muhammad takes oath of office

Updated 09 November 2012
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Prince Muhammad takes oath of office

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah received the newly appointed Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif at his palace and wished him every success in his new career, the Saudi Press Agency said.
Prince Muhammad, who replaces Prince Ahmed, took oath of office in front of the king. The minister thanked King Abdullah for the appointment and prayed to the Almighty to help him rise up to the king’s expectations.
The ceremony was attended by Prince Bandar bin Sultan, chief of intelligence and secretary-general of the National Security Council, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, state minister and commander of the National Guard.
Meanwhile, a number of regional governors and government officials congratulated Prince Muhammad on his appointment. “I would like to congratulate you for winning the king’s confidence,” Jazan Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Nasser said in cable to the minister.
Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed expressed his confidence that the new minister would work to strengthen the Kingdom’s security and stability.
In a similar statement, Interior Ministry Undersecretary Dr. Ahmed Salim described Prince Muhammad as a man of administration and leadership and commended his ability to deal with difficult situations.
“It was a right decision taken by the king,” Salim said about Prince Muhammad’s appointment while underscoring the longstanding experience gained by the prince being assistant minister for security affairs for several years.
Salim praised the leadership role played by Prince Muhammad in the Kingdom’s campaign against Al-Qaeda terrorists.
Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Amr, deputy director general of Civil Defense, also congratulated the prince and noted his ability to take up such a big responsibility. “He has learned a lot from the wisdom of his late father Prince Naif.”


KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

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KSA will be one of the very best countries for tourism, says Prince Sultan

  • The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
  • The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will be one of the most attractive countries for tourism because of its location, its unique tourist and historic elements and its hospitable and welcoming people, said Prince Sultan bin Salman.
Prince Sultan, who is president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), told the annual conference of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires that the efforts of the SCTH and its partners in localizing tourist jobs resulted in an increase in the number of direct jobs in the tourism sector from 936,000 in 2016 to 993,000 by the end of 2017. The number of job opportunities is expected to increase to 1.2 million by the year 2020.
He said the contributions of tourism to the national GDP amounted to 3.6 percent, up to 4.9 percent of the national non-oil output, and the revenues of the tourism sector reached SR97.5 billion ($26 billion). Direct jobs in the tourism sector exceeded 994,000, and the proportion of Saudi citizens currently employed in the sector is about 28 percent.
The Saudi government has allocated SR5 billion to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ program, which takes care of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom.
The program includes the establishment of 18 museums in the Kingdom’s regions, the creation of 80 heritage sites and opening them to visitors throughout the Kingdom, the restoration and preparation of 18 villages and traditional towns to receive visitors, and hosting economic and local hospitality activities operated by local people, as well as opening 17 centers for artisans that serve as incubators for the development of their businesses, factories for their production, and outlets for sale.
Prince Sultan also noted that after the SCTH completed the registration of the first four sites on the World Heritage List (Madain Saleh, Al-Tarif district in Jeddah, historic Jeddah, rock inscriptions in Jubba and Shuweis in Hail), it has been working with its partners to complete the registration files of six additional sites. Also, 20 additional important Islamic sites are being rehabilitated and prepared in Makkah and Madinah.
The conference was attended by more than 1,200 prominent investors and key corporate officials in tourism.
The WTTC is the largest gathering of investors and private sector professionals working in tourism around the world.