Awareness drive needed to rectify ‘behaviors’ of some Arab tourists

Updated 17 August 2015

Awareness drive needed to rectify ‘behaviors’ of some Arab tourists

DAMMAM: About 12 million Saudi tourists left the Kingdom last year to spend their holidays in other countries, spending about SR61 billion on a yearly basis.

However, negative behaviors by some Saudi tourists abroad brought about wide reactions there to the extent that some countries want to reduce the number of visas for Saudis.
In this regard, Khaled Al-Saif, of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in Hail, said: “Tourism in any country has several controls and laws that must be followed by all. Saudi citizens both inside the Kingdom and abroad should be good models representing their society, so these negative behaviors must be studied and modified by the concerned authorities.”
“Among these rejected behaviors, some Saudi tourists dump waste in public places, wear inappropriate clothes, dance in the streets and disturb the public, smoke shisha in the most prestigious tourist places, set up barbecues in public parks and hold car shows resulting in indiscriminate noise,” he said.
Saad Al-Fayad, a researcher and educational consultant said: “Tourists should adhere to good morals in their words and deeds, commit to good manners, stay away from what diminishes their personalities, maintain their identities and respect local customs and traditions.”
Abdulaziz Al-Ghazi, a municipal council member, expressed his frustration of these uncivilized acts committed by a few Saudi citizens inside and outside the Kingdom, stressing that there is an urgent need to study the reasons behind such behaviors.
Moreover, educational specialist Ghadeer Al-Sakri said: “Leaving waste in public parks, violation of regulations and making nuisance are all behaviors that are not tolerated in most countries, delivering a negative image of the Gulf citizen, Arabs, and Muslims in general.”
The writer Seham Al-Otaibi said that travel means that you move with your nationality, culture and religion outside, so every act doesn’t only represent you, but your religion, culture and environment as well.
To solve this problem, Saudi media specialist Majed Tarifi suggested moving away from traditional awareness messages and taking advantage of celebrities to spread proper awareness messages, especially since the main targeted audience is the youth who perpetrate these adolescent practices.
Kholoud Abdulaziz, an educational supervisor, refused to justify these actions as a result of repression, suggesting an awareness campaign carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make tourists aware of the customs and laws of foreign countries and the importance of commitment to Arab and Islamic morals.
Describing them as negative individual behaviors, psychologist Mariam Haji said that awareness campaigns are significant in changing wrong behaviors, stressing that many Arab citizens are not committed to the foreign country’s laws, as the main reasons for negative behavior is the lack of respect for laws, negligence, indifference, and lack of family role, requiring cooperation among all concerned authorities to deal with this issue.


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)