Foundation and Goals

Ministry of Tourism, since its inception has passed through several structural stages before reaching its present structure and becoming the first ever official agency responsible for the tourism and heritage sector in the Kingdom.

Foundation Stages:
  1. The Council of Ministers through a Resolution # (9) dated 12/1/1421 H (16 April, 2000), established the "Supreme Commission for Tourism" (SCT) to adopt tourism in the State as a key productive sector, especially with regard to attracting the Saudi citizen towards domestic tourism, creating investment opportunities, developing human potential by developing national cadre and creating new job opportunities for the Saudi citizens.
  2. In light of the importance of Antiquities as a major component of tourism in any country of the world, a Royal Decree # (2/a), on 28/2/1424 H (30 April 2003) was issued to combine the Antiquities sector with SCT, and accordingly, SCT became responsible of everything related to Antiquities sector along with its responsibility on tourism.
  3. On 16/3/1429 H (24 March 2008), the Council of Ministers through its Resolution # 78 changed the name of "Supreme Commission for Tourism" (SCT) to "Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities" (SCTA) with the confirmation that, tourism sector in the Kingdom has become a national reality and it requires the formation of a government agency responsible for planning and development of tourism and antiquities, in view of the many tourist excellences enjoyed by the Kingdom, some of which are as follows:
    • Presence of huge amount of archaeological treasures, rare antique museums, and historic sites that belong to multiple cultures and eras of Saudi Arabia in ​​​​all its regions. 
    • Unique geographic location of the Kingdom with its vast area, varying topography, diverse climate and breathtaking views.
    • Long coast lines characterizing the Kingdom both on the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf, and their variation attracting tourists.
    • The cultural heritage and customs of the Saudi people, their generosity and hospitality
    • The vast infrastructure, modern services and State's inherent tendency towards the development of the tourism sector.
    • Saudi Arabia's political stability, social security, economic prosperity, and its progressive society.
  4. On Monday 12/11/1436 H (28 June, 2015), the Cabinet decided to approve the amendment of the name of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) to Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).

Goals and Aspirations:

The main goal of creating the Ministry of Tourism​, from the very outset, was to pay greater attention to all aspects of the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia, in its organization, development, and promotion.  Ministry of Tourism​ always looked forward to strengthening the role of tourism sector and overcome barriers to its growth, based on the immense tourism potential enjoyed by the Kingdom. Its efforts include preservation of antiquities and activation of its contribution to the cultural and economic development.

Ministry of Tourism​ envisions the growth of tourism sector corresponding to the role of Kingdom’s value and its influence in the international community, as well as, as an important tributary of the national economy.