Company, SCTA Team Up for Tourism

Saudi Aramco’s partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) grew stronger as the two parties signed on the Live Saudi Arabia program recently. The ceremony was attended by HRH Prince Sultan ibn Salman ibn Abdulaziz, president of the SCTA, HE Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Health and Saudi Aramco’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, who signed on behalf of the company, and acting Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin H. Nasser. Part of the agreement was that Saudi Aramco will arrange for more than 5,000 students from across the Kingdom to visit the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture after its opening next year. At the signing ceremony, Prince Sultan said the agreement was within the framework of cooperation and partnership between the SCTA and Saudi Aramco in the areas of tourism, antiquities and national heritage. The framework has already resulted in: cooperation in archaeological excavation in the Eastern Province; the signing of a cooperation agreement concerning the preservation of antiquities; exchange of expertise in research, field studies, administrative development and tourism investment; and the signing of a cooperation agreement for the recovery of national monuments that were illegally smuggled out of the Kingdom. Saudi Aramco has also sponsored the “Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces through the Ages” exhibition which was hosted by five museums in the U.S. Prince Sultan announced that the exhibition will be first hosted in the Kingdom by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture following its opening. Prince Sultan also announced that this year’s SCTA President’s Award went to Saudi Aramco for its support of a number of tourism and heritage-related initiatives and events. 'Live Saudi Arabia' is an important national program that takes our young generation on a tour of the Kingdom’s regions in order to acquaint them with their country’s heritage and its historical, cultural and tourist landmarks,” Prince Sultan said. “This will allow our youth to experience and interact with these places rather than just live in them.” About 'Live Saudi Arabia' 'Live Saudi Arabia' aims to enhance citizenship and strengthen the ties of citizens with their homeland by introducing them to different cultures within the Kingdom, building personal and cognitive abilities, promoting positive values among young people and raising their awareness of their role in promoting their country abroad. It also aims to introduce young people to their country’s cultural heritage through thousands of historical, archaeological and cultural sites; the social life and diverse cultures that characterize each of the Kingdom’s provinces. 'Live Saudi Arabia' will allow participating male and female students to visit the events organized by Saudi Aramco, including the iThra Knowledge events. Students will also be able to visit Saudi Aramco’s facilities to learn about the business and meet employees.