Sharing the love for Sands and Spirit

 In Récits de vie

“Tourist guiding for my family and me has become a way of life. We have friends from all around the world, they visit our house and become close to our hearts. I can see the happiness in the eyes of my children when they meet guests from distant lands. I see the joy when they learn something new about other nations. My older son became eager to become a tour guide like me; now he joins me in many trips and we have something to share together as well as the rest of my family. This business gives my family confidence in the future. And it makes us proud of our past.”

I am from the south of Saudi Arabia, from the Aseer region – Dhahran Al Janub. I live now in Khamis Mushayt. I have been a freelance tour guide for more than 12 years all over Saudi Arabia and recently I started a new business in camel back trips.

I established my own tour called WSL. We create adventure trips following the steps of ancient trade caravans. I am also a certified trainer from the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA), and in coordination with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), I train tour guides skills for new applicants for licenses.

Seasonal changes pose the biggest obstacle to my work. There are long periods throughout the year that pass without demand for tourist guides services, and because this is my only source of income that is the only challenge.

Khaled Al Took, Saudi Arabia

Find more stories in Tourism Stories (Volume I) & Tourism Stories (Volume II)


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