American visitors to Riyadh Season warm to welcoming Saudis

American visitors were impressed with Saudi hospitality. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 29 November 2019

American visitors to Riyadh Season warm to welcoming Saudis

  • “Everyone has been open and welcoming”

RIYADH: As Riyadh season continues to draw more foreign tourists to the Kingdom, Saudis challenged misconceptions and were very welcoming to visitors.

Two American women, Sara Morosan and Theresa Contreras, were among several journalists and exhibitors who arrived in Riyadh for the first time to get a glimpse of Saudi Arabia while attending the motor show held in Janadriyah.

Contreras, who works for LGE-CTS Motorsports, said: “It has been amazing coming to this country and seeing everything in person. Everyone has been open and welcoming.”

Morosan said:“I was not sure what to expect, and admittedly I expected at least negative reactions from the locals, but once we got here, we actually received none of that whatsoever. In fact, it was quite the opposite; I found that most people I conversed with were extremely friendly, open and super awesome,” she added.

Kathryn Reinhardt, vice president of marketing for Rolling Big Power (RBP) whose company is taking part in the motor show, said: “The group who put up the show did an amazing job, creating booths out of literally desert.”

Coming for the first time to Saudi Arabia, Reinhardt said that despite her initial concern as a female visiting the Kingdom, locals were easy to talk to and communicative.

Canadian journalist Matthew Guy, who attended Riyadh’s classic car show Cars & Coffee, said that he was amazed to see Saudis collecting classic cars: “It was an interesting show and I really enjoyed meeting Saudis who own such classic cars.”

The show featured more than 300 classic cars and motorbikes.

Richard Péwé, editor-in-chief of JP Magazine, said the show was “incredible.”

“I didn’t know that there is a deeper car culture here in Riyadh, it is amazing so many people turned out to see the show,” he said.


Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session on Tuesday. The meeting reviewed the Kingdom’s economic progress. (SPA)
Updated 7 min 55 sec ago

Saudi Cabinet voices support for the territorial sovereignty of Cyprus

  • Kingdom calls for security to be maintained in the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has voiced its support for Cyprus’ territorial sovereignty amid growing tensions following the discovery of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday said it was watching developments in the eastern Mediterranean “with great interest,” and called for security and stability to be maintained in the region.
The Cabinet also reviewed the Kingdom’s progress among 190 economies in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, which placed it first among GCC countries and second in the Arab world on legislative reforms relating to women.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program supports the implementation of reforms that enhance women’s role in economic development, raising the Kingdom’s competitiveness regionally and globally.
Minister of Media Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah said the Cabinet reviewed several reports on developments in regional and international arenas.
The Cabinet reiterated the Kingdom’s assertion during the fourth session of the Arab Parliament in Cairo that its policy is based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and good neighborliness, full respect for the sovereignty and independence of states, noninterference in their internal affairs, and its belief that these principles are capable of resolving all conflicts, foremost the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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The Cabinet reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions.

The Cabinet also reviewed efforts to promote political solutions to crises in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Sudan, calling on all to take action to address destabilizing foreign threats and interventions and to “move forward toward the aspirations of security, stability and development of Arab countries and their peoples.”
On regional affairs, the Cabinet condemned an attack on a military site in Niger, the bombing of a security checkpoint and a tax collection center in Somalia, and the terrorist strike by Houthi militia on a mosque in the Marib governorate, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.
The Cabinet session also authorized the minister of foreign affairs or his deputy to sign a draft protocol on establishing diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
An agreement on social development between the the Kingdom and Tunisia was also approved along with a memorandum of understanding for scientific and technical cooperation with Spain.
The Cabinet also approved an agreement for scientific and geological cooperation between the Saudi Geological Survey and the Russian State Geological Company.