Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities. (SPA)
Updated 19 September 2018

Developing cities to serve Hajj and Umrah on agenda of Makkah Cultural Forum

  • Prince Khaled encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims
  • Prince Khaled underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service

JEDDAH: “How to develop our cities to serve Hajj and Umrah” will be the theme of the third edition of the Makkah Cultural Forum.

The forum will be held under the slogan of “How to be Role Model” and implemented with the cooperation of 100 governmental and private entities, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal,  governor of the Makkah region, said on Wednesday.

Prince Khaled has adopted the Makkah Cultural Excellence Award for the current year’s theme, stressing the importance of improving services to pilgrims and developing the cities of Makkah, Jeddah and Taif, as well as the rest of the provinces, to present a civilized and smart Islamic image of the Kingdom.

He encouraged youth in universities, schools and officials in the government and civil sectors to participate in serving pilgrims. 

He underlined the need for focusing research, studies and workshops on ways of developing this service. 

“We must strive to introduce ourselves to the world in a modern and civilized way, especially since God has bestowed upon us the honor of serving pilgrims,” he said.

The Makkah Cultural Forum, launched by the governor of the Makkah region two years ago, succeeded in unifying the cultural and humanitarian works of the government and private sectors in the region around a single vision and a positive concept. The forum’s aim was to build humanity in the Makkah region.

It also followed a strategy that prioritizes the importance of building strong Saudi citizens who are able to improve their homeland and the civilization of their country.

What distinguishes the Makkah Cultural Forum is its adoption of an annual theme from which events, activities and programs draw their spirit and identity.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.