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His Royal Highness, Governor of the Asir Region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid, inaugurated this Tuesday the Urban Tourism Forum in the Mountainous Areas of Asir at the theater of the Asir Regional Municipality, in Abha. The event was held in the presence of the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, and, Deputy Governor of the Asir Region, Chairman of the Tourism Development Council in the Asir Region, HRH Prince Mansour bin Muqrin.

The activities of forum started with National Anthem, followed by a recitation of the Holy Quran. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Forum, Mr. Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Qadi, opened the forum with a speech, in which he emphatically stated,"The forum comes from the fact that the mountainous areas are aesthetic elements that need to be shown and taken care of from the tourism's industry point of view. This can be achieved through proper urban planning and design of buildings consistently with the natural surroundings. Asir has this advantage since this region is considered as the most awe-inspiring mountainous region in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

As a part of his keynote speech, the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman, stressed the need to establish a college of tourism and archeology at King Khalid University because of the tourist attractions and uniqueness that the Asir region has and is distinguished with.

HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman also pointed out that he is in contact with the Ministry of Education to approve the establishment of a college for tourism and archeology and another for architecture and planning, praising the roles provided by the university through its research centers to serve tourism in the region. 

He also emphasized the importance of collaborative projects with citizens, government agencies, and developers to face the adverse effects of expansion that is happening in the mountainous areas. Such devastation will cause great loss to the citizens in their positions as well as an enormous economic loss to national tourism since it is regarded as being one of the most important financial components for the future of the economy and helping in creating employment opportunities. 

Moreover, HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman elaborated on the close relationship between the development of locations, economy and sustainable ecotourism.   

In more details, the frequent tourist is the most important element in the tourism economy. In order to ensure repeat tourists, we need to raise the level of eco-quality for visitors and ensure their first experiences are successful and enjoyable resulting in a connection to the place, people, heritage and relatively undisturbed natural areas.

"Every time I travel through the mountainous areas in our country, the faster the natural environment is decreasing and the greater the visual distortion is increasing," he added.

He continued to say, "We witnessed today a historic moment as we see the outstanding leadership of HRH Prince Faisal bin Khalid and before him HRH Prince Khalid Al Faisal. The Secretariat and the municipalities must cooperate and work to make the hoped-for shift in preserving our mountainous areas; otherwise, it will continue to deteriorate for the advantage of urban expansion and visual distortion."   

It is worth mentioning that King Khalid University has recently signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. It includes exchanging information and experiences between the university, and the tourism information and research center (MAS). Organizing events and activities that have a positive impact on the tourist attractions of the Asir region are the main component of that relationship. In addition to that, the memorandum calls for the implementation of studies and statistical analysis on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the tourism activities and programs. Furthermore, it also covers the organization of courses and training programs for specialists in tourism activities, the restoration, and rehabilitation of historical and archaeological sites, and cooperation in the preparation of integrated studies and plans on the employment of urban heritage sites and buildings suitably with their urban composition while maintaining their originality and identity. Lastly, it includes the development and preservation of cultural heritage, in accordance with the university's scientific and human potential.

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As part of the first Tawasol Program with scholarship students organized by King Khalid University in the United Kingdom, the Dean of Faculty Affairs Dr. Mohammed bin Hamed Al Buhairi will conduct numerous interviews with Saudi scholarship students hoping to attract the best and brightest to work at the university.

In the same context, a meeting was held with scholarship students in the city of Cardiff to train them on academic life in universities. It included the most important duties of the faculty member and his functions as well as the methods of professional development and career advancement.

Al Buhairi has noticed to the university' keen interest and diligence in hiring national experts and specialists to work in the academic field where they can contribute with their colleagues in achieving the University's plans and strategic vision. He also stressed the substantial benefits the University receives from hiring qualified and highly competent Saudis for vacant positions.

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Based on the university's understanding of the immense importance of partnership with governmental institutions, King Khalid University represented by the Faculty of Sciences and Arts in Dhahran Al Janoub has provided a location for the mobile unit of Civil Affairs. The University has cooperated with the Administration of Civil Affairs in providing the unit with all of the necessary support services such as electricity as well as a number of offices for staff. 

In turn, the Director of Civil Affairs Administration, Mr. Mohammed Saleh Al Wadai has expressed his sincere gratitude to His Excellency the President of King Khalid University for his support and guidance in providing the unit with everything that would comfort the citizens.

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His Royal Highness, Governor of the Asir Region, Prince Faisal bin Khalid, will sponsor and inaugurate this Tuesday the opening of "Urban Tourism Forum" at the theater of the Asir Region Municipality in collaboration with the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Prince Sultan bin Salman. 

The opening ceremony will include a speech by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman. Then, it will be followed by another speech to be delivered by the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Forum, the Secretary of Asir Region, Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Qadi, in addition to a presentation of the short film, " Hosn Palace in Asir." After that, the bodies that participated in the forum will be honored.

As part of the forum activities, King Khalid University represented by the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Research in Environmental Studies and Tourism will participate with three research papers which will be discussed on 28 and 29/12/1438 AH. The first research paper will be handled in the first and fourth sessions of the second day of the forum, which will revolve around 'Tourism Investment,' entitled 'Obstacles of Hotel Tourism Activity in Abha City.' The faculty member who specializes in geography and the Professor in the College of Human Sciences Dr. Marsh Al Odaini and Prof. Najoud Al Qahtani will present the topics. 

For the second research paper, the faculty member who specializes in environmental geography, and the Professor in the College of Human Sciences Dr. Adel Mu'atmad will open the fifth session. It is centered on the theme of 'Sustainable Tourism in Mountain Areas,' entitled 'Absorption Capacity for Ecotourism in the Asir Region: Practical Form.'

Regarding the third research paper, the faculty member who specializes in human geography, and the Professor in the College of Human Sciences Dr. Fayez Asiri will discuss 'Sustainable Tourism Development of the Mountain Valleys,' in the sixth session under the title of 'Sustainable Development in the Mountainous Areas.' 

In this context, the Head of the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Center for Research in Environmental Studies and Tourism, Prof. Dr. Hussein Al Wadai, has clarified that the scientific committee of the forum has witnessed a lot of requests from researchers wishing to participate in the scientific forum. Hence, the number of submissions received has reached 117 research papers; noting that the committee reviewed all studies according to the objective conditions and criteria set by the committee. As a result, 20 papers were selected to participate in the forum through 6 scientific sessions, in addition to the closing session which will review the recommendations and final report. 

As asserted by Al Wadai, "The high number of received research papers is a sign of the importance of the forum as well as the cultural renaissance of the region in the field of tourism, especially after being chosen as the Capital of Arab Tourism Capital for the current year."

He also added, "There are researchers from various countries and cultures with distinct experiences in the field of Urban Tourism who will exchange ideas to benefit the Asir region." 

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As part of a series of meetings and workshops conducted by King Khalid University in the United Kingdom, and within the framework of the first 'Tawasol' program with scholarship students, a number of lectures and workshops were launched in the city of Edinburgh.

The program activities started with a speech by Dr. Mohammed Al Rajhi, in which he began by thanking His Royal Highness, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman for his approval on holding the program. He also thanked HRH, the Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, for his support and guidance which provided invaluable help in the establishment of the program. He was also thankful to His Excellency the Minister of Education and the President of King Khalid University for their careful follow-up. He then welcomed the attendees and gave them a brief introduction about the program and its objectives. 

After that, the forum continued and started with a session on 'Identity and Nationalism during the Scholarship Journey' presented by Dr. Hassan Mohammed Al Asmri, Dr. Mohammed Al Rajhi, Dr. Fahad Al Qahtani and Dr. Ahmad Al Ghamdi. In the second session, Dr. Abdullah Al Kasi and Dr. Abdulrahman Al Qarfi discussed the educational issues in the scholarship journey. Following that, Dr. Mohammed Khamash presented the third session, and it was titled 'The Scholarship Journey Opportunities.' During the sessions, the students took part by participating and sharing ideas. In the end, gifts were distributed, and memorial photos were taken.    

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King Khalid University, represented by the Deanship of Student Affairs, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Penal Institutions in the Asir Region, concluded the activities of the summer club program held in the Abha General Prison during the summer of 1438H. One of the program aims is to provide guidance and awareness to all segments of society.

A number of activities were held inside Abha General Prison during the summer club program such as lectures, training courses, and several religious and educational lectures. The most prominent included a presentation on 'The Imminent Danger Surrounding Drugs,' presented by Dr. Musfir Al Wadai and a lecture on 'Quran and the Virtues of Morality' given by Dr. Fadel Al Shehri. Another lecture was provided by Dr. Abod Dera'a on 'Protecting the Brain in Sharia.' Moreover, Dr. Audh Al Shehri gave a lecture on 'The Prophet's Manners with his Family.'

On the awareness side, Dr. Abdullah Al Sabani gave a talk on 'Your Health after Forty.' Another religious lecture was given on 'Good Hearts' conducted by Saeed Al Sarhani. Lastly, a lecture titled 'The Believe in the Divine Decree,' was provided by Dr. Mohammed Al Rajhi. 

In an effort to provide unique training opportunities, three courses were held that helped the inmates from an educational level. One of them was on 'The Art of Communication' presented by Dr. Ali Al Marzoqi. Another was presented by Dr. Khudran Al Suhaimi entitled 'The God and Prophet Joseph.' Furthermore, Dr. Abdullah Al Kasi gave the third course, and it was about 'Self-Development Techniques.'    

The General Directorate of Penal Institutions in the Asir Region expressed their sincere gratitude to King Khalid University for their efforts in providing lectures and training courses during the program.

It is worth mentioning that, the number of those who benefited from the summer club program in Abha General Prison has exceeded 790 inmates and 27 employees. 


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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland, His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz has received in London, England,  the employees of King Khalid University who participated in the 'Tawasol' program. Notably, this program was organized by the Unit of Awareness and Cultural Activities at the Faculty of Shariah and Fundamentals of Religion.

The In-charge of the Saudi Cultural Bureau in Britain (SACB), Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ali Al Magushi, also met the delegation where he was briefly introduced to the goals of the program which aims to benefit the scholarship students in Edinburgh and Cardiff.  


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