While the Kingdom puts tourism at the heart of its "Vision 2030", the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has just granted tourist guide licences to three Saudi women.
After Ayesha Khaja, an expert who became the first Saudi woman to be authorized by the Islamic Research and Studies Centre (ISRC) in 2017 to be in charge of tourist groups on theme visits, it is now the turn of three other Saudi women to enter a profession long reserved for men.
The country’s Tourism and National Heritage Commission (SCTH) recently granted licenses to Hiba Mohammed Al-Aidi, Nada Saleh Al-Enezi and Hanan Hatem Al-Humaidi to work as tour guides.
Female tourist guide, a vector for the Kingdom’s economic development
It is at the end of a special and intensive training in tourism that these three women were able to receive their guide tickets, which is a consecration when we know that for a long time this profession was acquired by men.
Today, as the number of tourists in Saudi Arabia is steadily increasing, the Executive Director of the National Centre for Human Resource Development in Tourism, Nasser Al-Nashmi, announced that 25,000 women will be trained by 2020 to work in the tourism field, including 1,400 tourist guides.