The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities ( SCTA ) has decided to suspend the ongoing and planned tourism festivals in the Kingdom to mark the death of King Abdullah who passed away early on Friday morning.

In his condolence message SCTA President Prince Sultan bin Salman said, “I would like to express my deepest sorrow and condolence on the death of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who in his death has constituted a great loss to both the Arab and Islamic world.”

“I would also like to convey the sincere condolences of the members of the SCTA board and its staff and their sincere prayer to Almighty Allah to bestow mercy and forgiveness upon him, bless his soul and grant him the best reward for his services to the Kingdom and its people and for his great deeds for Islam and the Muslims,” he added.

Moreover, Prince Sultan instructed the relevant authorities to suspend all ongoing or planned tourism events and festivals in different parts of the Kingdom which were meant to have continued until this weekend.

Source: Arab News