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Volume :47 Issue : 181 2021      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Heritage Villages in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Tourism Development: Ouda Sudir Heritage Village as a Model.

Auther : Dr. Sami A. Hassan


Objectives: The study aims to reflect the importance of heritage tourism in Saudi Arabia, its role in attracting citizens and those who are interested in urban heritage in order to stimulate heritage tourism. The study also sheds light on the experience of reviving Ouda Sudair located north of Riyadh.
Method: The study conducted a descriptive analytical approach, regional approach, SWOT analysis and cartographic method, using (G.I.S), Microsoft Excel, and SPSS. It relied on releases issued by Supreme Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, and the field study by a questionnaire distributed to study the characteristics of visitors and their attitudes towards heritage tourism and Ouda Sudair.
Results: The total number of heritage villages in Saudi Arabia within the Program of Developing Traditional Villages is about (64). Ouda Sudair is characterized by its proximity to the main tourist market in Riyadh, the availability of elements for touristic offer, infrastructure networks, local community interaction with the Development of Heritage Villages Program, besides the well-preserved village urban heritage in most of its ancient forms.
Conclusion: The study concluded the necessity of involving the local population in sustainable tourism development, solving the problems of ownership disputes with the owners of urban heritage sites, enhancing Heritage Villages Program publicity, and including a module on urban heritage and how to preserve it in the educational curricula.

Keywords: Heritage tourism, Heritage villages, Sustainable tourism development, Ouda Sudair, SWOT analysis

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