Saudi Arabia's NEOM appoints Aradhana Khowala as tourism head

Aradhana Khowala is NEOM's new Managing Director of Tourism. (NEOM)
Updated 30 August 2018

Saudi Arabia's NEOM appoints Aradhana Khowala as tourism head

  • We will be working alongside Aradhana to make NEOM an exceptional global tourism destination, says CEO
  • Khowala is considered a world expert in the tourism and hospitality industry

JEDDAH: Aradhana Khowala has been appointed as NEOM’s managing director of tourism, the  project announced on Wednesday. 
NEOM, a $500 billion megacity, is a key part of the Kingdom’s strategic vision to diversify the economy.
“We will be working alongside Aradhana to make NEOM an exceptional global tourism destination looking ahead to the future,” said CEO Nadhmi Al-Nasr in a tweet on NEOM's official account.
Khowala, who was CEO & founder of Aptamind, is considered a world expert in the tourism and hospitality industry, and was awarded the 21st Century Icon Awards in association with CNBC and London School of Economics as an inspirational game changer and tourism leader.
The Red Sea project and NEOM are set to enhance Saudi Arabia's position on the touristic map of the world.
At the end of July, Saudi Arabia's King Salman holidayed at NEOM to enjoy some rest and recreation, according to state media.
In October 2017, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled the 26,500-square kilometer megacity and economic hub the likes of which the world has never seen.  
Backed by the Kingdom’s vast Public Investment Fund, NEOM will operate as an independent economic zone powered solely by regenerative energy, spanning three countries, complete with its own self-governing laws and regulations and all strategically designed for economic stimulation. 
The project’s vision is to make it the best place in the world for living and working.


Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

Updated 29 October 2020

Saudi Arabia condemns Nice church attack

  • The foreign ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism
  • The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned an attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice that killed three people on Thursday.
The Kingdom’s foreign ministry expressed its categorical rejection of the extremist attack in Notre Dame Basilica and others like it, and said that they are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and instincts. 
The ministry stressed the importance of rejecting practices that breed hatred, violence and extremism.
The ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of victims and the French government and public, wishing those injured a speedy recovery. 
The Muslim World League (MWL) also condemned the attack and described it as a “terrorist crime.”
The MWL added that Islam is innocent of such attacks and considers them “ugly crimes” that are a product of terrorist ideologies.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also condemned the attack and said it rejects extremism and terrorism in all shapes and forms regardless of motives.

The Council of Senior Scholars condemned the Nice Attack and said it is the duty of people to practice tolerance and constructive cooperation in the world. 

It added that Islam places utmost importance on protecting civilians.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt also condemned the attack.