SCTA thinks EP tourist facilities need upgrade
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) will review tourist destinations in the Eastern Province and investigate complaints of high prices and a dearth of entertainment facilities.
Abdul Latif Al-Binyan, director general of the SCTA in the region, recently toured various sites in Alkhobar to get a feedback from visitors about services.
He said there was lack of entertainment facilities in the city, which he would raise with the Tourism Development Council in the region.
Al-Binyan also highlighted the importance of reviewing the prices of seasonal accommodation facilities.
Ali Al-Hagri, a tourist visiting Qaysareyet Al-Rashed, complained to Al-Binyan about potholes in the streets. He also said that the intersection between Al-Tawaoun and Abqaiq roads was congested with trucks in the mornings and afternoons.
Al-Hagri said that the Nesf Al-Qamar, or Half Moon beach, was littered with plastic waste and called on the authorities to launch public awareness campaigns about the situation.
Al-Hagri claimed that owners of furnished apartments exploit customers by raising their prices during the peak summer season.
However, he praised the services offered at Qaysareyet Al-Rashed and the diversity of restaurants and coffee shops. Al-Hagri suggested that the authorities build theme parks at the Nesf Al-Qamar beach and the Alkhobar Corniche.
Hassan Najrani complained of congestion in the parking lots of the city. However, he said the Eastern Province has the best laid-out region in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Ali Wadi’ from Abha said he was happy with facilities at Qaysareyet Al-Rashed and the Dammam Corniche. He said the hotel services were excellent and the taxi services reasonably priced. However, Wadi’ suggested a review of the prices of furnished apartments.
According to reports, the Eastern Province authorities plan to build a further 23 hotels, increasing the number of regional hotels to 120.