Rustom Al-Kubaisi, deputy chairman at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Rustom Al-Kubaisi
Updated 21 October 2019

Rustom Al-Kubaisi, deputy chairman at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Rustom Al-Kubaisi has been deputy chairman for antiquities and museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) since December 2018.

He has held several positions at the SCTH.

He is also the commission’s senior adviser, and has been the executive director of Jazan PTO at the SCTH branch in Jazan.

Jazan’s tourism development strategy aims at transforming the port city, in the Kingdom’s southwest, into a thriving visitor destination, particularly in the area of marine and wellness tourism.

Al-Kubaisi has supervised developments in the Farasan Islands, where he was involved in planning major tourism investments. The Farasan Islands comprise 84 coral islands that form an archipelago in the Red Sea. Its historical sites, remote beaches and rich marine fauna make it a popular destination, especially for divers. 

Al-Kubaisi recently participated in the second joint meeting of Arab tourism and culture ministers that was held in Tunis, where he expressed his hopes in improving coordination between nations.

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.”


One million people needed in Saudi tourism workforce to achieve Vision 2030 goal, says Red Sea Development Co. CEO

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One million people needed in Saudi tourism workforce to achieve Vision 2030 goal, says Red Sea Development Co. CEO

  • John Pagano made the statement during the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh

RIYADH: In order to achieve the Saudi government’s goal of attracting 100 million visitors to the Kingdom by 2030, “we need over 1 million people to enter the tourism workforce,” said John Pagano, CEO of the Red Sea Development Co.

Today that “doesn’t exist,” added Pagano, who was speaking at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday. There is huge potential in Saudi Arabia to expand beyond religious tourism, he said. The Red Sea Project, a luxury tourism development in the Kingdom, will create 70,000 new jobs, he added.

Pagano said the Red Sea Development Co. has launched scholarships abroad to study international hospitality management.

“Within four days, we had 12,700 applicants enthusiastic to pursue careers in hospitality,” he added. “The future is golden for the youth of Saudi Arabia if you want to pursue a career in tourism.”

At 28,000 sq. km, the Red Sea Project is “the size of Belgium,” Pagano said. He cautioned, however, that the environment should be respected. “The environment is our most valuable asset. If we damage that, we damage everything,” he said.

At the same session, Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said 55,000 jobs will be created by 2030 in developing the historical town of Diriyah. “We’ve been given the resources to develop on every level,” he added.

Gerard Mertrallet, the French president’s special envoy for AlUla, said there are “lots of opportunities for young people” in the tourism sector. The governorate of AlUla contains Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mertrallet said people from AlUla are being trained in culinary schools in France so as to become chefs. Tourism “has to be inclusive” and “respect the landscape,” he added.