Arab Tourism Capital conference begins Tuesday in Al-Ahsa

Al-Ahsa has been made the official Capital of Arab Tourism for year . (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2019

Arab Tourism Capital conference begins Tuesday in Al-Ahsa

DAMMAM: The Arab Tourism Capital 2019 conference will begin on Tuesday at the Makan Hotel in Al-Ahsa, this year’s official Capital of Arab Tourism.

The Saudi Geographical Society (SGS) and the Geography Department at the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies in Al-Ahsa have organized the conference. It will be inaugurated by Prince Badr bin Mohammed bin Jalawi, governor of Al-Ahsa. 

The three-day conference — held under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province — will feature working papers from a myriad of experts from around the Arab world whose work focuses on tourism and its geographical patterns.

Saeed Al-Qarni, head of the geography department at the college, said: “The conference … seeks to shed light on tourism in Al-Ahsa — including transportation, accommodation, food and drink, guidance, communication, and other support services — in addition to studying sustainable tourism in terms of the impact of tourism on the environment and the relationship between tourism and the community.”

Al-Qarni added that many topics will be discussed at the conference, including the environmental and social components of tourism in Al-Ahsa, the current state of tourism in the region, rural tourism in Al-Ahsa, as well as cultural tourism and Arab tourism patterns.


Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

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Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

  • The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health

JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complications.

The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health. The ministry has reiterated the importance of practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and wearing a mask in public at all times, especially in areas where it's hard to observe social distancing.

The ministry announced a total of 3,036 new cases of in the Kingdom on Wednesday, bringing to 220,144 the number of people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease.

There were 60,035 active cases, 2,263 of them critical.

37 percent of the newly announced cases are female, 63 percent are male. Of those infected, 86 percent were adults of working age, 5 percent were over 65 and 9 percent were children.

3,211 new recovered cases have been announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 158,050, while 42 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,059.

The ministry urges everyone to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” application or to visit Tataman clinics that have been set up by the ministry for those who feel they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms; there are 237 such clinics.

It also recommends calling 937, its central operator, for consultations and inquiries around the clock.