(MENAFN - Arab News) Aziza Turkistani a local resident is the first Saudi woman to get a license to operate tours to Makkah and other cities.
Turkistani provides pilgrims with transport accommodation and other services during their stay in Makkah.
"I started my career in advertising design graphics and printing" said Turkistani. She is also the first woman to obtain a license for her advertising and printing business.
Turkistani first applied to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities for a license to operate tours eight years ago covering Makkah Jeddah and Taif.
She targets Saudi and Gulf travelers especially on weekends and vacations. Two years ago she began organizing three tourism programs for visits to Okaz market Taif heritage events and other tourist destinations in Jeddah and Makkah.
She also decided to target Saudi and Gulf women coming toMakkah who make up a significant portion of visitors to the Grand Mosque.
She urged Saudi women to work in this field because there are no religious or social problems with it.
'I've noticed that Saudis have started to recognize the benefits of having their trips handled for them by an organizer who can save them time provide a good schedule distribute their budget appropriately and provide correct information about a region."
There are no female tour guides so she accompanies all the trips organized by her company she said.
The service includes booking hotels airport reception transport to Makkah and organizing group tours in Jeddah Makkah and Taif to historical places and shopping malls.
Turkistani urged Saudi women to work as tour guides with female visitors. She said women could also work from the comfort of their homes online and using the phone.