Basmah Al-Mayman, Middle East regional director at the UN World Tourism Organization

Basmah Al-Mayman
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Updated 12 February 2020

Basmah Al-Mayman, Middle East regional director at the UN World Tourism Organization

  • Forbes Middle East published a 2020 “power list” ranking 100 businesswomen who are at the top of their game, with Al-Mayman ranking 13th and the only woman representing tourism in the Arab world

Basmah Al-Mayman is the Middle East regional director at the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and the first national from a Gulf Cooperation Council country to become director of that department since the agency was established more than three decades ago. She is also the first woman to lead the Middle East region in the UNWTO’s history.
Forbes Middle East published a 2020 “power list” ranking 100 businesswomen who are at the top of their game, with Al-Mayman ranking 13th and the only woman representing tourism in the Arab world.
Forbes said its list was built through nominations and in-depth research based on criteria including the size of the businesses headed by the 100 women, “their accomplishments over the last year, the initiatives they champion, and their overall work experience.”
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English literature and linguistics from King Saud University, and an MBA from Al-Faisal University.
She is a founding member of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and later became a member of the board of directors.
She has held many positions and pioneering roles. She was the only Arab founding member of the UNWTO's Program and Budget Committee, which sets the agency's work and that of its executive council. From 2013 she was manager of the international organizations and committee department at the SCTH, and continues to be the official Saudi focal point for the UNWTO and other international organizations.
Al-Mayman was appointed to her UNWTO position in 2018, beating hundreds of applicants from all over the world to get the job.
She is on Twitter as @Basmah_Aziz.


MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 February 2020

MoU signed to facilitate investment in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to step up cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Under the MoU, the two authorities will establish a joint working group to boost cooperation in several areas including facilitation provided to investors, conducting economic studies of the market, building partnerships with commercial and industrial bodies and local companies, launching businesses, promoting the ease of doing business, providing logistic support, participating in local and international exhibitions, forums and special visits and exchanging knowledge and information.

All this will predominantly be in aid of attracting local and foreign investors. 

“SAGIA believes in the importance of such cooperation that can unify and multiply the efforts in a way that sets the world’s attention on the Kingdom’s cultural and heritage treasures and investment opportunities,” said SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar.

“This is done through close cooperation with DGDA to highlight these opportunities and market them internationally and locally. This MoU is a step in the right direction to achieve the objectives and directives of both bodies.”

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the DGDA, said: “Cooperating with SAGIA is one of the most important international investment motors to attract local and international investments to the Kingdom. This comes at a time where developing the Kingdom’s investment infrastructure is found within the objectives of its Vision 2030.

“At DGDA, we aim at attracting the best technologies and regional and international investments to the Kingdom. This will contribute to the improvement of the local economy and promote our objectives seeking to turn Diriyah into the Kingdom’s gem and an international economic tourist destination,” he added.