From being a small seaport city Jeddah has gradually turned into a huge commercial business hub in the region. This transformation has led to the arrival of business travelers on a day to day basis and Jeddah, in turn, has developed abundant hotels for their varying needs.
From seaside resort like ones to swanky hotels that look like more or less like office buildings, Jeddah has no dearth of amazing places to stay in.
If you manage to convince your employer to get you a booking here, this is one of those places you will definitely not regret no matter what your taste is. Opulent textures, pompous furniture and dazzling chandeliers – the hotel is pure luxury. The fine dining restaurants in the hotel are just a class apart.
This is not like your commercial business hotels. Here the vibe is a bit more relaxed with an amazing seaside cafe to work at. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Red Sea and the sight of the King Fahd Fountain from here is not to be missed out on.
Inspired by Italy’s iconic Galleria Milan, the hotel sits on Jeddah’s Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz (Tahlia) Street. The street is a bustling hub where there is no dearth of fantastic restaurants and good shopping centers.
The hotel has become one of Jeddah’s favorite Instagram spots. The restaurants inside the hotel are equally Instagrammable and have amazing food offerings. Ask for a sea view room, as the sea view rooms offer beautiful vistas of the mesmerizing Red Sea. The higher up you are in the hotel the better the view gets.
Elaf Jeddah Hotel
The boutique hotel is easily accessible from the airport as it is located just about 15 minutes from it. Elaf is actually one of the most well known Saudi brands when it comes to hotels so you can be rest assured that whims and fancies of most business travelers will be met here. It is located right next to the Red Sea Mall, which is a premier shopping destination in the city.
‘Winter is Around You’ Campaign Sheds the Light on the Kingdom’s Desert Life
The ‘Winter is Around You’ campaign, which has been recently launched by the Saudi Tourism Authority, will highlight the stunning desert destinations and position it as the ultimate choice for winter break.
Most of the Kingdom is desert and it’s divided to three part: Al-Dahna, Al-Nafud and the Empty Quarter. In these parts, visitors can find beautiful natural oases and parks, and also those interested in hiking can get to enjoy several activities at some of the desert’s cliffs.
The campaign is also highlighting the desert camps, known as Kashtas, and shedding the light on it as a popular destination during this time of the year, it offers the perfect escape for tourists who are looking to get away from the hustle of urban life.
Other activities that suit adventure seekers are and skiing, motorbike riding and “dune bashing.” If you’re the explorer type, then you can take the time to explore and look into the history and heritage of these desert areas or try some chill activities such as camel and horse riding or camping.
The Saudi desert truly is the ideal destination for individuals, groups and family, it’s a place worth promoting for and a place deserves to have people flood to from all over the world.
See AlUla Through the Lens of Young Photographers in CaptureAlUla Photo Competition
A photography competition kicked off earlier on World Photography day and five Saudi photographers were able through their lens to showcase the beauty of AlUla.
The winner of the #CaptureAlUla Photo Competition really did a wonderful job highlighting the beauty of the area that extends to 22,561km² and include a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and historical sites.
The competition, which the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) held in co-operation with Sony Alpha, aimed to support the local talents of the Kingdom. The winners were awarded with a compact Sony Alpha 6600M camera, which has the world’s fastest Auto-focus, and a commission of 10,000 SAR from RCU.
The winners will also get to cooperate with RCU on upcoming projects, which is considered as a great opportunity for them.
Ziad Alarfaj, Sony Alpha Ambassador in KSA and another #CaptureAlUla judge commented: “The participants are all very creative, we chose those winners based on who we believe will have a brilliant future in photography. Each winner has a valuable opportunity to share their artistry with to the world, each picture was chosen not only for showcasing the beauty of its subject, but in telling the story behind it.”
Aisha Alhjairi who loves cinematography, photography and listening to classical music, earned the Design grouping. “By using pottery and dry branches, using earthy colours, and through the harmony between the elements of this artwork and the harmony of lighting in it, I wanted to show and prove that from the drought we can create an artistic picture, as beauty is created from severity, and luxury is created from simplicity,” she said while commenting on her winning image. “I made this idea specifically to show the sensual heritage (the pottery) in a different way from what is customary to touch the feelings of the recipient and bring them back to the memory.”
Check out the incredible photos and see AlUla in a different perspective through the eyes of young talents!
Saudi Arabia Ranked 6th Safest Travel Destinations in World During Pandemic
Saudi Arabia has been ranked among the six safest travel destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wego Travel Blog.
In the article “Safe Places to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was published by Wego Travel Blog, the Kingdom was ranked the sixth safest country and it’s also worth mentioning that it was the only Middle Eastern country in the group.
The travel blog chose the countries according to an EU methodology for its travel risk assessment.
Australia came first first in the global safe destinations for travel during the pandemic, followed by New Zealand, Singapore, Zambia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.
The classification comes based on the country’s ability in containing the pandemic and how efficient its health system is, regarding the number of ICUs and medical staff.