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.

Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

Updated 10 min 23 sec ago

Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incodent the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.