In its bid to raise Saudi Arabia on the world stage as a top destination for tourism, the Kingdom has won full support of UNESCO to pursue an enhanced international partnership that will expand cultural activities in line with Vision 2030.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova is reported to have lauded the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, which outlines concrete steps to foster a vibrant society, thriving economy, and ambitious nation. Through its focus on human development, education, and culture, the plan has aligned its goals with those of UNESCO.
Saudi representative to UNESCO Dr. Ziyad Aldreiss formally communicated the international organization’s readiness to collaborate with the Kingdom, stating that the UNESCO Executive Council approved a Saudi-sponsored resolution to encourage international exchange and uphold intercultural dialogue.
In order to leverage the cultural heritage that officials consider one of the Kingdom’s greatest natural resources, the Saudi government will organize cultural events that showcase Arab values, ancient history, and modern development as cornerstones of national identity.
Saudi Arabia to Double Tourism Through UNESCO Sites
Currently, Saudi Arabia maintains four locations on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. By 2030, the Kingdom aims to more than double the number of registered sites. Ten sites in Saudi Arabia have been submitted for review on the tentative list to be considered for nomination.
With assistance from UNESCO, Saudi officials will create new tourist sites that will accommodate an increase in international visitors. In preparation for this growth, the government will facilitate visa procedures for tourists and improve transportation networks across the country.
The Saudi government has also begun the process of identifying key areas along the coastline for tourism development. By launching sites that tell a compelling story of Saudi identity, officials will lead local and regional efforts to uphold culture as a key component of social well-being and unity between peoples.
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