Culture and Heritage Tourism

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Cultural and Heritage tourism refers to everything that includes the activities and customs associated with the tangible and intangible heritage, with culture being the main motive of it represented in visiting archaeological sites, historical monuments and museums and getting informed of traditional industries or any form of artistic expressions along with attending some cultural events such as exhibitions or festivals.

To conserve, rehabilitate and develop  the national cultural heritage and to consider it a collective responsibility to which every citizen  contributes through enriching knowledge and raising awareness among citizens of the Kingdom's heritage and culture and the importance of conserving it, developing it and investing it by transforming its elements, resources and constituents into vital, valuable and sustainable cultural and heritage tourist project that achieve economic, social and cultural profits.

  • Contribute to the enrichment of knowledge and raising citizens’ awareness of the KSA's heritage and the importance of conserving and developing this heritage.
  • Conserve, rehabilitate and develop the national cultural heritage and consider it a collective responsibility to which every citizen contributes.
  • Achieve local community participation in everything related to heritage and enable them to play key roles.
  • Raise awareness and identification of the national cultural heritage and its cultural and economic significance locally and internationally.
  • Develop belonging to the KSA's cultural and Islamic heritage.
  • Create job opportunities for local communities.
  • Provide broad prospects for benefiting from the national heritage components and investing them in a way that achieves revenue to support local economies.
  • Develop new concepts that make use of our heritage resources for the benefit of the areas in which they are located.

Work Scope:
The culture and heritage tourism style is designed to back up, support and guide the efforts of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and its partners to develop and improve elements of heritage and culture as attractive tourism products, and activate them in archaeological and heritage sites and in natural and urban sites  all over  KSA’s regions; and work  to highlight these sites within the framework of the SCTH in collaboration and coordination of the SCTH’s relevant sectors  and with partners in the public and private sectors; and facilitate the opportunity to move between the regions of KSA; and  identify the KSA’s cultural depth and its heritage and environmental diversity.

Activities and Areas Concerned with Culture & Heritage Tourism Style
  • Tribal customs, traditions and norms
  • Authentic Arabic coffee and traditional methods of preparing it.
  • Popular cuisine in the desert.
  • Conventional medicine.
  • Traditional costumes and ornaments.
  • Heritage and folk arts
  • Historical and archaeological palaces
  • Historical and archaeological Trails
  • Historical and heritage villages
  • Historical markets
  • Archaeological sites
  • Castles and forts
  • Hot springs and sulfuric water
  • Meditation, hunting trips and safari
  •  Camel trips
  • Camel caravan parades
  • Horse shows
  • Walking
  • Falconry
  • Equestrian and camel riding
  • Dunning Sport (Tatees)
  • Sand skiing / Paragliding / Mountaineering

Culture & Heritage Tourism Elements:

Tangible Heritage
  • Housing, clothing, transportation and tools used in daily life, both old and new
  • Archaeological sites
  • Historical palaces
  • Historical Trails
  • Historical sites
  • Heritage villages
  • Folkloric markets
  • Desert (sand dunes, mountain ranges, oases, floodplains “Fiad”)
  • Historical markets
  • Museums
  • Desert hotels and inns
  • Natural sites (ground caves (Dohoul), caves, water springs, hot springs)

Intangible Heritage
  • Daily habits, traditions, ideas and diversity of cultures
  • Heritage hobbies and sports (horse riding, camel riding, falconry and hounds)
  • Camping in spring times
  • Crafts and handicrafts
  • Desert popular cuisine 
  • Conventional medicine
  • Traditional costumes and ornaments
  • Folklore
  • Fine Arts
  • Long walk trips
  • Medical tourism in the desert
  • Camel trips
  • Traditional medicine
  • Traditional Foods