Female Saudi lawyers lead the way with specialist training

Updated 26 January 2018

Female Saudi lawyers lead the way with specialist training

RIYADH: An innovative legal training program for women lawyers is being conducted by the Prince Sultan University (PSU) School of Law and the American Bar Association to help enhance understanding of the law in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Hudaithy, dean of the PSU School of Law, told Arab News that 25 female law graduates and trainees from the university were attending lectures by four American lawyers.
“This is the first time this kind of legal training program is being conducted for female law graduates, as well as trainees, in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The four-week training program, which ends on Feb. 15, is presented in English and has drawn interest from trainees as well as law practitioners in the Kingdom.
Al-Hudaithy, who received his doctorate degree in law from Durham University in the UK, said the PSU School of Law was the first academic institution to offer this kind of training to its female law graduates.
Khalil Aljehani, managing partner in a Riyadh-based law firm, praised the program, saying: “The legal training will enhance trainees’ knowledge of law gained from the classroom as well as from their practice so that they become better advocates or litigators in the future.
“In fact, the training is just one of the things that should be undertaken by the trainees if they want to succeed in the legal profession. If they intend to be general practitioners, they should also attend law seminars where they can learn the latest trends in the different branches of law, such as corporate and maritime,” he said.

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.