Today, Wael is now sure of his purpose and his path.
“I was lucky enough to find out about this program that supports prospective beekeepers,” says Wael. “With the help of some wonderful people I learnt so much about beekeeping. I had people I could talk to so that I could really learn the art and science of keeping bees".
“And with the gift of hives, I realized that beekeeping could give me a future for myself and my family.”
Honey has been popular in the Arabian Peninsula for thousands of years. Ancient writings record both the delicious flavor of the local honey and its worth as a valuable commodity. It is known as a healthy food with a number of beneficial properties. And it has become a mainstay of sweet treats made in the region.
Beekeeping is a growing industry in Saudi Arabia, and Al-Baha—a city in the southwest of the country—has long been a center for honey production.
Aramco collaborated with the Beekeepers Cooperative Association in Al-Baha to set up a regional training center, providing people on low incomes with the skills they need to become beekeepers. And those, like Wael, who take part in the course are then supplied with free beehives, and all the necessary beekeeping tools and equipment they’ll need to turn theory into practice.