Ayesha Khaja: The first Saudi woman tourist guide in Madina

Saudi women are indeed motivated to prove the world that they can do anything. Saudi Arabia is a society wherein economic sphere men are preferred over women. However, the government and the Saudi females, both are ambitious to change this perspective. The vision 2030 was initiated to empower more and more women; nevertheless, women are completely utilizing the opportunities being opened to them. The year 2017 seems to be a year for Saudi females: since the beginning of the year Saudi women are setting up milestones. For instance, Saudi females such as Sarah al-Suhaimi proved that women can work in co-operate sector as efficiently as men. Recommended: Rania Nashar, the first female CEO of any Saudi Commercial Bank[irp]

Dr. Mariam Saleh Binladen set a record of swimming that would be challenging for males, Dana Al Gosaibi trains horses as perfectly as men can. Now another daughter of our nation has made us proud! Ayesha Khaja has set up the record of being the first female tourist guide. She is a certified tourist guide; she got her certificate from Islamic Studies and Research Center (ISRC).

After learning about Islamic heritage and gaining expertise, she has been registered with Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). Indeed, her hard work had paved way to become a certified and registered tourist guide. Ayesha Khaja has done bachelor's in English literature; she has 14 years’ experience in education sector. However, her true passion was to learn the cultural heritage of the city of Madina.

As Madina is a city that possesses a great amount of Islamic culture, Ayesha was keen to work with the cultural heritage of the city. She believes that the commission should arrange tourism trips to Madina, one of the most visited cities in the Kingdom, regularly as it is rich in Islamic historic landmarks. Also, tourism has no more been confined to seasons or days, rather a tourist tends to visit around the year. Ayesha Khaja is enjoying her work as a tourist guide. She has organized trips to Holy Mosques. The trips were full of visiting historical sites around the region that had great Islamic importance.

She also added that her language skills are quite helpful as they let her interact with tourist and makes it easy to guide them. She has put up a request to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to open avenues for women to become a tourist guide. Many women want to undertake this profession. As tourism in the Kingdom is hiking, providing an opportunity to female for becoming tourist guide shall benefit the commission.[irp]

Ayesha Khaja surely has set up a milestone and therefore has made it easier for other women to join the herd. The commission shall allow more and more women to work as a tourist guide.  Let’s hope this trend will be beneficial for our society! May our women shine bright! May this year prove to be a fortunate year for Saudi females!

Source: Saudi Gazette


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