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.


Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

Updated 22 min 40 sec ago

Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.