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New destination management company in KSA announced

On the second day (May 17) of the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Saudi firm Ajlan and Bros. Holding Group and Desert Adventures Tourism announced the signing of a partnership agreement, setting the course to establish a full-service destination management company in Saudi Arabia. 

Desert Adventures Tourism is the first Dubai-based destination management company to announce its plans to extend into the Kingdom in a joint venture with a well-known Saudi partner. 

The two companies are joining hands with the aspiration to build the leading destination management company in the Kingdom, based on innovative tourism products, highest quality of service and unique experiences for travelers. 

“Saudi is an exciting, fast-growing tourism destination that offers the world’s travelers a diverse, culturally rich experience, redolent of Arabian mystique and grounded in authentic Saudi hospitality,” said Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO of the Saudi Tourism Authority. “Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, we have seen considerable growth in visitation and spending across many regions of the country and we are optimistic about the future of tourism in Saudi. This is a great time to welcome Ajlan and Bros. Holding Group and Desert Adventures Tourism to the Saudi tourism ecosystem and we look forward to collaborating with them, as well as with our other partners, in bringing new, competitive products and services to the market.”

Ajlan and Bros. is one of the largest private sector conglomerates in the Middle East, with diversified businesses in textiles, real estate, maintenance, logistics, and entertainment. In line with Vision 2030, the group has embarked on a significant diversification program in the Kingdom and the MENA region, which includes the tourism and hospitality sectors. 

With its 25 years of experience in destination management in the UAE, Jordan and Oman, Desert Adventures Tourism has been a partner of choice for many worldwide tour operators due to its stability, consistency, and ultimately, quality of service.  

During the virtual signing ceremony, Fahad bin Saad Alajlan, sponsor of tourism and hospitality at Ajlan and Bros, said: “Ajlan and Bros. are committed to helping realize Saudi Vision 2030 and increasing the prosperity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through this partnership, we will not only become a market leader in this sector but also create new jobs and support elevating the Kingdom as a prime tourism destination.” 

Peter Payet, chief executive of Desert Adventures Tourism Middle East, added: “We are excited to enter into this partnership in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We believe that combining Ajlan and Bros’ strength and Desert Adventures Tourism’s expertise will result in a highly successful venture with a unique tourism offering of ‘Saudi by Saudis’ and providing highest levels of quality.”