165,000 Saudi tourists visited Indonesia in 2018, says official

Indonesia has organized an event to promote its tourism in Saudi Arabia. (Supplied)
Updated 19 November 2019

165,000 Saudi tourists visited Indonesia in 2018, says official

  • Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry has teamed up with its diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia to promote the Southeast Asian country as a top international holiday destination.
A festival has been organized that highlights tourism, culture, fashion and cuisine. It ended on Nov. 19 in Jeddah, and is scheduled for Nov. 21-23 in Riyadh.
The aim is to increase the number of Saudi tourists to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million.
In 2018, more than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country, said R. Sigit Witjaksono, assistant deputy for regional marketing development in Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry.
The Jeddah event was inaugurated by Indonesian Consul General Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin on Nov. 14, in the presence of consuls general, Saudi dignitaries, businesspeople and journalists.
“We’re making a bigger push on innovative promotional breakthroughs … combining tourism fairs and cultural shows to attract more Saudi tourists to Indonesia and experience its rich culture and wonderful nature,” he said, adding that brotherly bilateral ties can be cemented through culture.

FASTFACTS

• Indonesia has launched a program to attract more Saudi tourists.

• It aims to increase the number of Saudis to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million.

• Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelagos.

“Mutual understanding of each other’s cultures makes the two nations better understand each other, which will … lead to a stronger relation,” he said.
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.


Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Updated 26 May 2020

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

  • Curfew to be eased on Sunday, except in Makkah, as domestic travel permitted
  • All curfews in Saudi Arabia to be lifted by June 20

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown.

On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted.

Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned.

Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities.

Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more.

However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed.

Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice.

The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it.

Earlier, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said: “The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.” 

He added that the precautionary steps taken by the Kingdom early in the outbreak helped to limit the spread of the virus. 

Now, he said, the ministry has developed a plan for the next phase that relies on two main factors: The capacity of the health care system to cope with critical cases, and the expansion of testing to identify new infections as soon as possible.

Reassuring the Saudi nation on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “The bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading toward the good, God willing.” 

The Kingdom recorded 2,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total to 74,795, and the death toll rose by nine to 399. Worldwide the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people and killed nearly 350,000.