More than 1,500 people trained as part of Taif Season

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Updated 24 August 2019

More than 1,500 people trained as part of Taif Season

  • Taif Season seeks to contribute to achieving goals within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan

TAIF: More than 1,500 men and women have been trained as part of Taif Season to raise the quality of services and enrich the visitor experience on offer.
Taif Season, which is one of 11 festivals being held across the Kingdom to promote the country as a global tourist destination, runs until Aug. 31.
The workshops aim to provide training and qualification for Saudis from government agencies, as well as workers in the tourism sector such as guides, vendors and craftsmen.
Participants registered for the workshops through the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s website, and received certification after training was completed. The workshops attracted 790 men and 731 women.
Training covered areas such as visitor engagement skills, developing the skills of product vendors, tourism, security and safety in tourism sector facilities, first aid, and basic tour guide skills.
Taif Season seeks to contribute to achieving goals within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to improve the quality of life, raise living standards, and create career and investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.