A bright future in ecotourism starts in Greenwich

Saudi Arabian alumnus Anass Alshammary talks about his career at university and beyond

Anass Alshammary (left) with University of Greenwich lecturer, Simon Dye

Anass Alshammary

Graduated: 2013
Course: BA Hons Tourism Management
Faculty: Business

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Today Anass is filming the beauty of Northumbria and wild countryside on the Scottish border to make a portfolio which showcases his skills as a tourism manager. “My dream is to assist tourism between the UK and the Gulf States, either by starting my own company or working with the Saudi government”, he says.

Three years after graduating from Greenwich he has built up a formidable CV of jobs and environmental advocacy experience.

What made you choose the University of Greenwich?

The University of Greenwich is highly regarded in Saudi Arabia and its degrees are recognised worldwide.

There is no country in the world where higher education is more advanced than the UK. The quality of education, level of support from staff, library access, student union activity, and commitment to internationalism is second to none.

I have had exposure to so many people from all over the world while studying at Greenwich, and made so many friends.

Anass is documenting the beauty of Northumbria which showcases his skills as a tourism manager

What did your degree in Tourism Management give you?

Studying for a degree at Greenwich has helped me with my life. It has developed my intellectual ability to learn, and my vision for the future.

My final year thesis investigated the financial crisis and its impact on travel to Dubai and Europe. I developed dialogue and problem-solving skills, such as finding policy solutions to financial and environmental challenges. It gave me the confidence to speak on environmental issues on National Geographic Abu Dhabi for instance.

Saudi Arabian falcon in the desert

“I have had exposure to so many people from all over the world while studying at Greenwich, and made so many friends.”

What preparation did you need in order to study in the UK?

I was fortunate to gain a place on the King Abdullah Scholarship Programme of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The late King Abdullah was committed to developing human resources and today tens of thousands of citizens have benefited by studying in the world’s best universities.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

What is ecotourism?

Ecotourism opens up the natural world to visitors in a way that protects the environment.

Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and it needs to work with local people to sustain economies and habitats.

I would love to see people from my part of the world visit wildlife destinations in Europe where they can see deer, horses and birds. And vice versa: Saudi Arabia has the most dramatic desert landscapes and ancient history and there is definitely potential to increase ecotourism.

“Studying for a degree at Greenwich has helped me with my life. It has developed my intellectual ability to learn, and my vision for the future.”

And you have had some fascinating jobs since then?

Yes! A Saudi prince asked me to purchase and transport some falcons for him. Falcon hunting is an old sport across the world and popular in Saudi Arabia. UNESCO recently recognised it as part of humanity’s “intangible cultural heritage”. There is an international agreement not to take falcons from the wild so it was important for me to source the falcons from a breeding farm and meet all the international requirements.

I have also worked for a company supplying medical equipment which involved communicating between international companies. Having several languages such as English and French is a huge bonus in business. I have also worked as an interpreter.

“Being an alumnus of the University of Greenwich is a great privilege and I would certainly recommend it to future students.”

And advice for other international students?

The University of Greenwich is a global university for education, science and the arts, a multicultural and an international university. It’s based in London which only adds to its influence. I am proud and honoured to have studied in the UK.

Being an alumnus of the University of Greenwich is a great privilege and I would certainly recommend it to future students.

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One Comment

  1. Yousef Alshammari March 12, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Well done my brother

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