Saudi Arabia To Issue Tour Guide Licenses To Women

Saudi Arabia will start issuing tourist guide licenses to qualified Saudi women this month, a news report said.

According to the report, as many as 150 Saudi women, who have studied tourism guidance and graduated as early as 2012, have applied for the license. The first training sessions qualifying women to obtain the licenses was held in Tabuk, it said.

According to Sattam Al-Balawi, chairman of the Saudi society for tourist guides, to become a tour guide, applicants should not be less than 23 years of age, be medically fit, should pass the commission’s qualifying tests and should have successfully attended training sessions in first aid.

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Emad Manshi, professor of tourism management at King Saud University in Riyadh said the rate of Saudization of jobs in the tourist sector is only 28.1% at present, which poses a grave challenge to officials in charge of tourism in the Kingdom.

He called for expanding scholarships to study tourism for both Saudi men and women so as to be able to nationalize jobs in this sector.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is working to give licenses to three private museums in Makkah, which will join five others already existing in the city, the report said.

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Source Credit: Saudi Gazette