Saudi Religious Police to Begin Operating at Tourist Attractions (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 06/28/12)
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The Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of
Vice (CPVPV), also known as the Religious Police, is planning to
start working in tourist attractions in the kingdom after its staff
receives the necessary training, Al-Arabiya news reported.
In coordination with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
(SCTA), 450 members of the religious police are undergoing intensive
training in order to be able to maintain law and order in tourist
areas and deal with different segments of society, said Sheikh Abdul
Latif Al al-Sheikh, CPVPV director general.
“We signed an agreement with SCTA,” he told the Saudi newspaper al-
Watan. “We provide them with the staff that we believe is suitable
for the job and they pay for the training they also conduct.”
The training, he explained, includes familiarizing members of the
religious police with tourist attractions in the kingdom and the
diverse backgrounds of tourists expected to visit the sites.
“They were taught how to deal with each type in a way that does not
violate Islamic laws,” he said.
The training consists of 12 courses in 12 different areas in the
kingdom over the course of five months.
He emphasized the importance of cooperation between the CPVPV and
SCTA saying, “Both institutions have to work together in order to
boost tourism and serve tourists within the framework of Islamic
teachings.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/28/12)
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