Arab ministers explore means to ‘enrich cultural tourism’

The ministers explored ways to enrich and advance sustainable tourism. (SPA)
Updated 19 October 2019

Arab ministers explore means to ‘enrich cultural tourism’

  • Digitization of tourism heritage discussed at Tunis meeting 

RIYADH: The deputy chairman for antiquities and museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), Rustom Al-Kubaisi, and the adviser to the Saudi minister of culture, Hattan Al-Banjabi, participated in the second joint meeting of Arab ministers of tourism and culture in Tunis.

Addressing the meeting, Al-Kubaisi conveyed greetings from the chairman of SCTH, Ahmad Al-Khatib, as well as his hopes that the meeting would yield positive results.
Al-Kubaisi said: “The different topics we discussed are important for the integration of tourism and culture, and they aim to enrich and advance sustainable tourism in Arab countries. Based on this approach, we have all launched serious work that deserves more attention and care, whether on the level of tourism or culture and heritage — both tangible and intangible.
“We look forward to improving coordination and unifying our efforts through this meeting to achieve the aspirations of our leaders and the ambitions of our people, in addition to serving cultural tourism in Arab countries,” he said.
Al-Kubaisi stressed that technology gives Arab countries a great opportunity to cooperate among themselves to “enrich cultural tourism,” which could play a key role in development.
The meeting discussed a number of topics related to the development in the field of cultural tourism. A report submitted by the Secretariat General of the Arab League reviewed the conclusions and recommendations of the task team on the implementation of an initiative to integrate tourism and cultural heritage in Arab countries.
The meeting also discussed the digitization of cultural tourism and how best to support startups in this field, as well as the preservation of historical and archaeological sites and monuments. The ministers also explored ways to develop cooperation between Arab countries with regard to museums.
The second meeting of Arab ministers of tourism and culture in the capital of Tunisia coincided with naming Tunis the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2019.

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

Updated 05 June 2020

G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.


Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.