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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Waleed Khaled, a 10-year-old boy to be issued Tour Guide License

Prince Sultan bin Salman who is President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) confirmed that a ten-year-old boy from Al Qassim region should be given tour guide license. Al Qassim region is counted under one of the 13 administrative regions of Saudi Arabia. This little young boy named Waleed Khaled Al Lamailem, having an age of ten years is granted a tour guide license by Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) which is unacceptable per his age.  Due to his talented skills and excellent speaking power, this little boy got the license of a tour guide. You might still not be able to digest this news but this is true. Let us tell you the detailed story.



The little young boy, Waleed Khaled Al-Lamailem’s video became viral on social media in which he, as a tourist guide, was giving the explanation to a group of foreign tourists in the province of Oyoun Al-Jawa. Oyoun Al-Jawa is in the NorthWestern direction of Al-Qassim Region. A group of tourists who visited Oyoun Al-Jawa were Germans.  Prince Sultan bin Salman appreciated the young boy’s efforts. The Prince made every effort to contact the father of this young boy. Prince Sultan bin Salman exchanged compliments and congratulated his father for great zeal and enthusiasm of his son in presenting his homeland.



The young boy’s father, Khaled Al-Lamailem, discussed his son's biography by stating that his son’s English speaking power is excellent. This is because of his elementary schooling in   Australia till fourth grade. Khaled Al- Lamailem stayed in Australia few years with his family for finishing his doctorate degree and so Waleed completed his early education in Australia.   When they returned to the Kingdom, his family wanted his son to focus on both the languages. This way they maintained his English language skills as well as focused on making him learn Arabic and Holy Qur'an, his mother tongue.


Little boy, Waleed became proficient in Arabic and learned large sections of the holy Qur'an also.  The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) officially tweeted the news that Waleed Khaled Al-Lamailem will be trained in tour activities and will participate in different tourist guide forums to enable him to practice his hobby during his leisure time. This young boy is just ten years old but will be included as a member of the Tourism and Hospitality Project which is administrated by the department of Social Development Council. This project is going to be conducted in Oyoun Al-Jawa with collaboration and cooperation of   Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) branch and the municipality of Oyoun Al-Jawa.


The main purpose of the Tourism and Hospitality Project is to focus and do possible efforts to increase the tourist and visitor’s ratio in the Al-Qassim province. Tourism and Hospitality Project is a great platform which promotes the strong value and creates awareness of its landmarks. The project also motivates youth to participate and get training in tour-guiding activities. We have best wishes for the little boy and a bright future ahead.

Source: Arab News

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