EP hotels doing roaring business during holiday

Updated 27 March 2014

EP hotels doing roaring business during holiday

Occupancy rates in hotels and furnished residential units in the Eastern Province have reached 100 percent during the current spring break holiday, according to the director general of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities in the Eastern Province, Abdul Latif Al-Benian.
Most visitors come to the Eastern Province to spend their vacation and visit relatives, he said. The region has become one of the top tourist destinations for many families in the Kingdom, especially during the mid-year school holiday, as well as during other holidays and occasions, he said, indicating that holidaymakers account for 63 percent of the total domestic passengers, while the purpose of visiting relatives and friends account for 33 percent of flights.
Business is brisk for hotels and furnished apartments which are recording a 100 percent occupancy rate. People looking for accommodation are finding it increasingly difficult to find a place to stay, he noted.
Al-Benian said that the inspection and control teams of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities branch in the Eastern Province identified 30 violations during inspection rounds. Three of the violations involved overcharging by furnished apartments. Legal procedures have been initiated.
Other violations were related to the non-declaration of the licensing and pricing lists, he said.
He said five control and inspection teams are monitoring the establishments to ensure that they meet the quality standards of service and not exceed the price limit.
Al-Benian said that although the establishments are monitored throughout the year, inspections are intensified during the holiday seasons.
The growing tourism industry and activities in recent years have raised the number of hotels to 94, an increase from only 50 hotels several years ago. Residential units have increased from 430 to 576 units.
Al-Benain said: “The Eastern Province is hosting many festivals and events during the midyear school break, including the second Festival of the East Coast located at the waterfront in Dammam, the Sixth National Festival of Science and Technology in Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center in Alkhobar, and the Second Spring Festival in Jubail, which is organized by the Royal Commission of Jubail. There is also the Kaysariah Al-Rashed Market organized at Al-Rashed compound in Alkhobar.
Al-Benian shared the tourism toll free number (19988), which he explained offers information for visitors, as well as receives any complaints and observations from tourists.

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.