Shripad Y. Naik, Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Tourism, Government of India, embarked on a tour of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, marking a significant chapter in India-Saudi relations. During his visit, the minister engaged in a series of impactful events that showcased the multifaceted nature of India-Saudi ties.
The Minister visited the National Museum in Riyadh and marveled at the fascinating artifacts and relics that narrate the kingdom’s rich history, highlighting the shared appreciation for heritage between India and Saudi Arabia.
Minister Shripad Y. Naik also addressed a sizable gathering of the Indian community at the Indian Embassy Riyadh Auditorium in the presence of Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The minister expressed his immense pleasure at meeting and engaging with the Indian diaspora, emphasizing their crucial role as cultural ambassadors.
In addition to his community engagement, Minister Shripad Y. Naik also held discussions with tour operators and journalists at the embassy. These discussions revolved around potential collaborations in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Joint Secretary M R Synrem delivered a comprehensive presentation on the “Incredible India” campaign, showcasing the diverse and vibrant tourism opportunities that India offers to the world.Senior Indian Community member, Journalist, and Photographer, K N Wasif, presented a book titled “India’s Architectural Heritage,” authored by him, to Minister Shripad Y. Naik.
Earlier in the week , the minister participated in a high-level ministerial panel discussion titled, “Investing in a Sustainable Future for Travel and Tourism” at the World Tourism Day Meet in Riyadh. This panel focused on strategies for sustainable growth in the travel and tourism sector, aligning with India’s commitment to responsible tourism practices.
Minister Shripad Y. Naik’s tour to Saudi Arabia exemplified the intent of both nations to strengthen their cultural, economic, and diplomatic bonds. The visit highlighted the significance of nurturing collaborations in various sectors, particularly tourism, as a means of fostering a mutually beneficial relationship.