Major new Saudi tourism project to get underway

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Al Baha in southern Saudi Arabia is one of the favorite destination of holidaymakers in the Kingdom. (SPA)
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The Al-Haqu heritage site in the southern region of Jazan. (SPA)
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The beautiful Alkhobar Corniche Mosque at sunrise. (Shutterstock)
Updated 01 March 2019

Major new Saudi tourism project to get underway

  • Initiative to play a key role in developing the sector and providing jobs in the process

RIYADH: A major initiative mapping out 11 key tourism seasons for Saudi Arabia has been launched by government officials.

The “Saudi Seasons 2019” program, announced by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), aims to target cultural, sporting, historical and other attractions in the Kingdom likely to draw large numbers of visitors. 

It is hoped the experimental project will provide the road map for future tourism strategies and help to create new job opportunities.

The first of the 11 seasons will focus on the Kingdom’s Eastern Province and is scheduled to get underway in mid-March. Other tourism drives will center on the holy month of Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr, the cities of Jeddah and Taif, Eid Al-Adha, National Day, the capital Riyadh, Ad Diriyah, Al-Ula, and Hail.

The “Saudi Seasons 2019” initiative is the culmination of collaboration that has been going on since mid-2018 between several Saudi government departments under the leadership of a higher committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The main government bodies that have worked together to draw up the program are the Ministry of Culture, the General Entertainment Authority, the General Sports Authority, and the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau.

The first year of the project includes several programs designed to promote Saudi regions and cities with special cultural, tourist and historical features. Sporting and recreational events will be highlighted too, along with high-quality services such as accommodation and transportation in the targeted centers.

Tourism seasons for 2020 will be announced at the end of this year.

President of the SCTH, Ahmad Al-Khateeb, said the “Saudi Seasons 2019” initiative would play a key role in developing the Kingdom’s tourism sector, providing temporary and permanent jobs in the process.

He said the country was rich with important tourist assets including stunning natural landscapes, original Arab culture, prominent historical sites and well-developed infrastructures.

The commission also announced the launch of an electronic platform to provide visitors with information about the 11 seasons, the events taking place and how to book tickets.

Saudi environmental art exhibition opens in Jeddah

Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi environmental art exhibition opens in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A Saudi art exhibition highlighting environmental concerns on Tuesday opened in Jeddah.

Organized by the Saudi Art Council with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts will run until April 18 under the title, “I Love You, Urgently.”

The central theme of the exhibition will examine pressing issues related to the natural world, global climate change and environmental sustainability through a series of individual artistic explorations.

The event will include a range of artistic, cultural and social activities held throughout the city including multiple art exhibitions for Saudi youth with different methods and schools of contemporary and conceptual art aimed at putting the modern art scene under the spotlight.

The 21,39 name for the event is derived from the geographical coordinates of the latitude and longitude of Jeddah city.