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5 Fabulous Stay Options For Those Visiting Jeddah On A Business Trip

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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.

Ritz Carlton

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.

Park Hyatt

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.

Hotel Galleria

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.

Rosewood

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.

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Saudi Summer: Newest Campaign to Encourage Domestic Tourism

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The Saudi Tourism Authority has launched a new campaign called ‘Saudi Summer’ to boost domestic tourism and encourage Saudis to explore the wonders of the Kingdom.

This follows the lifting of lockdown restrictions that lasted months, because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign comes after the STA’s extensive research that showed that 57% of Saudis are still worried about traveling by plane, while 85% are still planning to spend a 10-day holiday, and 78% showed interest in exploring the country.

The summer campaign encourages residents to explore the different stunning locations of the Kingdom, and discover its historical, natural and cultural treasures.

“The campaign also contributes to enhancing efforts by the Ministry of Tourism to revive the tourism sector, which was most affected by the repercussions of the coronavirus crisis,” said Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the STA.

The campaign just launched today and will run until September 30th, it will be promoting ten locations across the nation. including: Jeddah and KAEC; Abha; Tabuk; Khobar, Dammam and Ahsa; Al Baha; Al Taif; Yanbu, Umluj; and Riyadh.

“The tourism sector resumes its activities with a renewed spirit and great hopes for moving forward at an accelerated pace, to achieve our aspirations in harmony with Saudi Vision 2030, which seeks to pursue economic diversification, attract investments, increase revenues and create job opportunities for citizens,” the minister added.

 

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The Kingdom to Launch a $4bn Tourism Development Fund

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In another attempt to diversify the economy of the Kingdom and attract more foreign tourists, Saudi Arabia has started a fund with an initial capital of $4 billion aiming at developing the tourism industry.

The Tourism Development Fund will launch a range of equity and debt investment vehicles and has $45bn in memorandum of understandings signed with private banks, according to a statement. “Funding will be deployed to support mixed-use destinations, to address gaps in the tourism value chain, and to enable technologically-enhanced tourism,” it said.

“The launch of the fund at this time, as the tourism sector faces unprecedented global challenges, is testament to investor and private-sector confidence in the long-term outlook for tourism in Saudi Arabia,” Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb said in the statement.

Just last year, the Kingdom opened its doors to welcome international travelers, by launching a new visa regime while appealing to foreign companies to invest in the sector, which it hopes will contribute more than 10% of gross domestic product by 2030, up from 3% currently.

The country expects the tourism industry to contribute more than 10% of its annual GDP and create more than one million jobs by 2030.

The launch is part of the first phase of the National Tourism Strategy, which focuses on developing and enhancing 38 sites across seven destinations by 2022.

There’s no doubt that analysts do predict a severe economic hit this year, caused by the pandemic but let’s keep our fingers crossed that this shall soon come to an end.

 

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Tourism Activities to Resume As of June 21st

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Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb announced that the Kingdom will resume touristic activities as of June 21st after a hiatus that lasted for three months.

The hiatus that lasted months followed the lockdown measures that were imposed, in light of the of virus outbreak.

The minister made the announcement during a TV interview that followed an emergency meeting of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism that was held on Wednesday.

The minister said that Saudi Arabia is ready for the launch of the summer tourism program, which aims at boosting the domestic tourism.

“It was revealed in a research study carried out by the Tourism Authority that 80 percent of Saudi citizens want to take advantage of domestic tourism. We will launch the domestic tourism program for the public after having made necessary coordination with the Ministry of Health and the concerned higher authorities,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has initiated a package of financial stimulus activities with a total value of more than $61 billion to protect jobs and businesses, and reduce the economic burden of the crisis. The domestic tourism sector has benefited from it as one of the important economic sectors, as it covered 60 percent of salaries of Saudi employees in the private sector for a period of three months,” he added.

The emergency meeting was attended by Arab tourism ministers and officials, who came together to discuss the challenges that the region is now facing because of the pandemic. Saudi minister Al-Khateeb was the one to head the virtual meeting.

 

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