Bahrain & Saudi Arabia strike landmark deal to boost mutual tourism sector

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Officials at MoU signing ceremony

The Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have officially inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to position both countries as joint regional and global tourism destination.

This landmark agreement not only signifies a pivotal milestone in their bilateral relations but also sets the stage for an exponential surge in their respective tourism sectors. It is in line with the wise visions of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, and His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, with the implementation of the sound directives of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and Prime Minister.

The MoU was signed by Tourism Minister, H.E. Fatima bint Jaafar Al-Sairafi and H.E. Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The signing took place in the presence of Dr. Nasser Qaedi, CEO of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority and H.E. Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and representatives from both ministries of the two kingdoms.

This ambitious collaboration aims to strengthen the relations between the two kingdoms. It reflects their sincere and determined efforts to enhance cooperation in the field of tourism. The memorandum includes multiple provisions that expand the scope of tourism cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, fostering greater collaboration in various areas of mutual interest.

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H.E. Fatima bint Jaafar Al-Sairafi
Minister of Tourism
Kingdom of Bahrain

“These achievements are a source of great pride, marking the culmination of extensive work, numerous discussions, and meetings with His Excellency Minister Al-Khateeb. These interactions took place during our active participation in various regional and international tourism conferences and exhibitions. We have diligently ensured that the cooperative frameworks, as outlined in the memorandum of understanding, are effectively implemented to achieve our shared goals.”

Furthermore, the MoU aims to enhance collaboration in various areas of the tourism industry, striving to achieve sustainable tourism development in both nations. This involves exchanging information and experiences related to tourism legislation, data and statistics, licensing, operation and management of tourism facilities, and developing human resources in the tourism sector.

The MoU encompassed various aspects to enhance tourism collaboration between the two kingdoms. These included promoting visits by experts and representatives from the tourism media in both nations, enhancing tourist destinations, providing support for SMEs tourism projects, and participating in tourism exhibitions and conferences held in both kingdoms. These efforts aim to foster tourism development and establish a shared tourism vision that respects the traditions and social values of both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Minister Al-Sairafi further highlighted the anticipated immense advantages that the tourism sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will derive from the activation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU).

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