Saudi gets first certified female tourist guide
Ayesha Khaja is the first female tourist guide to be certified in Madinah, KSA
A woman in Madinah, Saudi Arabia will be the first female tourist guide to be officially certified by the Islamic Studies and Research Center (ISRC), the Saudi Gazette has reported.
Ayesha Khaja said she has worked hard to obtain a certificate from the ISRC in order to become the first Saudi female expert in Islamic heritage. She said this will enable her to register herself in the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) as a tourist guide.
“I demanded the commission (SCTH) to allow more and more women to become tourist guides. The number of tourists is increasing and tourism seasons are becoming all year round rather than for a few weeks a year,” said Khaja.“There are many women who want to be accredited by the commission to become tourist guides. The commission will benefit greatly by offering women training opportunities."
She has suggested the authorities to arrange tourism trips for the promotion of historic landmarks in the Madinah region, the report said.
“Madinah has a rich Islamic history and is one of the most visited cities in the Kingdom.
A graduate of a bachelor’s degree in English literature, Khaja said she is passionate to work with the cultural heritage department.