Natural beauty of Saudi small seaside village attracts tourists 

Natural beauty of Saudi small seaside village attracts tourists 
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Other attractions at the village are community events, such as seasonal maritime sports competitions, sailboat racing, family cruise programs and seafood festivals. (SPA)
Natural beauty of Saudi small seaside village attracts tourists 
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Other attractions at the village are community events, such as seasonal maritime sports competitions, sailboat racing, family cruise programs and seafood festivals. (SPA)
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Updated 15 February 2024
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Natural beauty of Saudi small seaside village attracts tourists 

Natural beauty of Saudi small seaside village attracts tourists 

MADINAH: Al-Rayis, a beautiful village surrounded by pristine beaches and white sand on the Red Sea coast 180 km west of Madinah, is becoming an ideal destination for hikers, recreational enthusiasts and fishermen.

Other attractions at the village are community events, such as seasonal maritime sports competitions, sailboat racing, family cruise programs and seafood festivals. 

Family trips to the beaches of Al-Rayis are one of the most important sources of economic activity in the region. Families visit throughout the year to enjoy its quiet beaches, sit by its shores, watch the sunset, and spend a day on a cruise, with a fish meal on offer from seafood restaurants on the commercial street adjacent to the northern corniche of Al-Rayis.

During the past few years, Al-Rayis has enjoyed significant footfall due to the development of public service and maritime infrastructure, afforestation projects, and through supporting and developing small investment projects to attract tourists and increase economic opportunities for locals. 

Mohammed Al-Saidi, a resident of Al-Rayis, said: “The town is witnessing an increase in the number of hikers, especially during the summer, the weekends, national events and holidays.”

He pointed to the need for more accomodation, such as furnished apartments and hotels, to enhance the sector’s competitiveness and promote tourism in Al-Rayis.

Another resident, Salem Al-Sobhi, said: “The geographical location of Al-Rayis has made it economically influential since ancient times.”

“The Al-Jar port in Al-Rayis was one of the most prominent elements attracting residents to the place hundreds of years ago as it was one of the most important ports that has had an impact on the economic activity of Madinah in the past.”

Al-Sobhi said that the ancient ruins found in Al-Rayis indicated the presence of settlements, reflecting the port’s commercial impact, as it was an important location where seaborne cargo vessels were docked.


Saudi Arabia appoints new envoy to Syria

Saudi Arabia appoints new envoy to Syria
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Saudi Arabia appoints new envoy to Syria

Saudi Arabia appoints new envoy to Syria

Saudi Arabia has appointed Faisal Al-Majfel as a new ambassdor to Syria, the Saudi Press Agency said. 

The honored Ambassador extends his thanks to the leadership on the occasion of his appointment as Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic.


Elderly Indonesian pilgrims enjoy easier Hajj journey with Makkah Route Initiative

Elderly Indonesian pilgrims enjoy easier Hajj journey with Makkah Route Initiative
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Elderly Indonesian pilgrims enjoy easier Hajj journey with Makkah Route Initiative

Elderly Indonesian pilgrims enjoy easier Hajj journey with Makkah Route Initiative

RIYADH: The Makkah Route Initiative implemented by the Ministry of Interior at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, is providing exceptional services to Indonesian pilgrims, ensuring a smooth and comfortable Hajj journey.

Elderly pilgrims have expressed gratitude for the ease of procedures, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

Siti Munasaru, a 69-year-old pilgrim from Tangerang, said she appreciates the ease with which Hajj procedures are carried out, and expressed deep gratitude to Saudi Arabia and those responsible for the initiative.

Suwatini Binti Amat, a 68-year-old pilgrim from Purworejo, Central Java, thanked the Kingdom for the services provided to pilgrims, and stressed that the Makkah Route Initiative has greatly relieved the hardships faced during traditional travel, particularly for elderly pilgrims, making their Hajj journey more comfortable and safer.

The Makkah Route Initiative has reduced waiting times, and made the trip to the holy land more convenient.

It reflects the strong collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, and underscores the commitment to provide excellent services to pilgrims, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Services include the issuing of electronic Hajj visas, biometric data collection, completion of passport procedures in specialized lounges at departure airports, ensuring health requirements are met, and efficient luggage tagging and sorting. After arrival in the Kingdom, pathways are assigned, and partner agencies ensure hassle-free delivery of pilgrims’ luggage to their accommodation.


MoU signed to revive cultural sites in Kingdom

MoU signed to revive cultural sites in Kingdom
Updated 26 May 2024
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MoU signed to revive cultural sites in Kingdom

MoU signed to revive cultural sites in Kingdom

RIYADH: The Heritage Commission and ASFAR, Saudi Arabia’s tourism investment company fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance visitor experience at cultural heritage sites in the Kingdom.

Heritage Commission CEO Jasser Al-Harbash and ASFAR CEO Fahad bin Mushayt attended the signing, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The agreement aims to improve operational efficiency, enhance cooperation, develop plans, refine designs, and establish operational models for heritage sites across Saudi Arabia.

The commission highlighted the importance of partnerships in its commitment to developing the national heritage and archaeology sector, aligning with the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

ASFAR plays a crucial role in shaping the Kingdom’s tourism sector through investments in tourist destinations, historical and cultural sites, SPA said.

The company aims to raise the prominence of Saudi cities on the tourism map by collaborating with public and private sectors.


Young volunteers serve Iraqi pilgrims at Arar border

Young volunteers serve Iraqi pilgrims at Arar border
Updated 26 May 2024
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Young volunteers serve Iraqi pilgrims at Arar border

Young volunteers serve Iraqi pilgrims at Arar border

RIYADH: The spirit of volunteerism thrives in the Northern Borders region, where young men and women play an important role in welcoming pilgrims arriving from Iraq through the Jadidat Arar border crossing.

More than 80 volunteers affiliated with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, Northern Border University, the Saudi Red Crescent, the Arar Chamber of Commerce and other organizations, have stepped up to serve the pilgrims.

Their dedication has been evident since the arrival of the first groups of pilgrims, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

Tasks include assisting the elderly, providing guidance and hospitality in the designated pilgrim city, and helping with entry procedures and basic health-related tasks, such as taking vital signs.

Several volunteers, some with years of experience, expressed the deep sense of fulfillment that comes from giving back. They view their service as a way to honor their faith, serve their country, and contribute to a smooth and comfortable pilgrim experience.

They also commended government agencies for making their tasks simpler by creating a seamless and flexible work environment. 


King Saud University signs academic agreement with University of Tokyo

King Saud University signs academic agreement with University of Tokyo
Updated 26 May 2024
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King Saud University signs academic agreement with University of Tokyo

King Saud University signs academic agreement with University of Tokyo

TOKYO: King Saud University and the University of Tokyo have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen academic collaboration in physics, chemistry and Earth sciences.

The MoU was signed by the acting rector of King Saud University, Dr. Abdullah Al-Salman, and the president of the University of Tokyo, Dr. Teruo Fujii, in the presence of the director of Prince Mohammed bin Salman Center for Future Science and Technology, Dr. Hiroaki Aihara.

This collaboration is a major milestone in fostering future partnerships between the two universities.

The Prince Mohammed bin Salman Center, based at the University of Tokyo, will play a crucial role in enhancing and advancing this cooperation.

This article originally appeared on Arab News Japan