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Extreme Sports Athelete Jokke Sommer Praises the Activities in Asir

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Extreme-sports athlete Jokke Sommer praised the ongoing transformation of the tourism projects in Saudi Arabia and that the mega projects that are underway will change the perception of the world of how they view the Kingdom.

The Norwegian professional skydiver, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer has displayed his skills in the region of Asir as part of the Al-Soudah season, he then praised his stay saying that his experience was a pretty good one and is urging others to visit the Kingdom to experience it themselves.

Sommer believes that the media wrongfully portrays Saudi Arabia and that tourism is the way to changing those misleading perceptions projected by international media.

“Once Saudi opens up tourism more, this will change automatically,” he said. “People will see the country is not what people or the media have told them.”

“What makes Al-Soudah cool is mostly the people, the culture and the fact that everyone is curious about what we are doing and so open and peaceful,” he said. He also added that he was impressed by the natural beauty of the Asir region that is surrounded by mountains, which makes an ideal place for the wingsuit flyers taking part in the festival.

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Saudi-Arabia is exceeding all expectations with nothing but love and openness 🙏🏼 The people here is only expressing beauty and happiness, while being beyond welcoming ❤️ The kids are even running around freely with a big smile on their face, without a phone in their hands. I almost feel embarrassed coming from the part of the world that generate hate towards the Muslim culture, but their stoke towards us makes that an easy thing to forget 🥳 It’s quite ironic actually, but the vibe here is far better than any place I’ve visited in the west 🤷🏼‍♂️ but I’m not surprised as reality is constructed in our minds, while media does its job by manipulating it… This moment was from our warmup jump this morning, preparing for a flyby while being way too high above the festival 😅 The only bad vibe we encountered so far, was a few bitchy stray dogs in the landing area 😂 by @lucabarbieriws 📸 @edgetvnetwork @redbullnorge #Mindventure

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“The nature there was very beautiful as well; it was green and surprising,” said Sommer. “We normally think the Middle East is a lot of sand and rocks but it was really nice to fly over green
as well.”

 

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What to Expect From AlUla’s Reopening In October

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Maybe one of the saddest things about the pandemic is watching one of our favorite places AlUla close, but luckily the touristic ancient place will reopen and welcome visitors next October!

But of course like any other touristic destinations around the world, AlUla is adapting to this new era of tourism by abiding to all the social distancing measures and precautionary rules.

Here is what we can expect from the reopening in October.

The place will open to the public in October 2020 and will be accessible all year long!

AlUla will have local storytellers guide visitors through walks, trails, and other exciting activities. But for those of you who already have the place memorized by heart, can self-guide yourselves.

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في المحطة الأخيرة من رحلتنا الافتراضية حول #العلا، نسافر إلى البلدة القديمة بزاوية ٣٦٠° لنكتشف أسرارها وكيف عاش أهلها قديماً. أخطوا نحو رحلتك الافتراضية إلى البلدة القديمة من خلال الرابط في البايو #اكتشف_العلا #سافر_غداً In the final stop in this series of 360 immersive tours, we travel to Old Town in #AlUla. Learn the secrets of how the people of Old Town designed their houses and how the town thrived. Step into the Old Town in 360 by using the link in the bio. #ExperienceAlUla #StayHome #TravelTomorrow

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You can expect more immersive experience that will highlight the local customs of the ancient place and the traditions of the locals.

“We are developing immersive, light-touch experiences that harness the power and silence of the landscapes, experiences like guided stargazing in a desert night sky that has inspired science, religion, philosophy, art and literature for millennia,” told Phillip Jones of the Royal Commission for AlUla to Arab News.

There will be buggy rides available for the adrenaline seekers, who are looking to explore the dessert life.

Visitors will get to marvel at the volcanic craters and lava fields in Harrat Khaybar area from vintage light aircraft.

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Traveling on the moon? No need! This extraterrestrial landscape is just a flight distance from your place. Discover the Wonder of Arabia at experiencealula.com and visit @institutdumondearabe exhibition in Paris. • Voyager sur la lune ? Ce paysage extraterrestre est pourtant à 7H de vol de Paris…! Pour découvrir Alula la merveille d'Arabie, rendez-vous sur experiencealula.com et visitez l'expo de l'@institutdumondearabe à Paris. • هل تحلمون بالسفر إلى عالم جديد كالقمر؟ لا حاجة إلى ذلك مع توفر بديل قريب منكم وشبه جداً! اكتشف #واحة_العجائب_في_الجزيرة_العربية، بزيارة معرض "العلا، واحة العجائب في الجزيرة العربية" اللي أقامه "معهد العالم العربي" في باريس @institutdumondearabe. #استكشف_العلا

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And last but not least, the most anticipated event Winter at Tantora festival will return once again with its one of a kind musical and cultural experiences.

We can’t wait for October to come!

 

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Saudi Arabia Is the Fastest Growing in Tourism Sector Globally

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Saudi Arabia Is the Fastest Growing in Tourism Sector Globally

A significant report has been conducted that showed the vital role that travel and tourism will contribute to the economy of the Middle East once the pandemic is defeated.

The publication by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which is the representative of the global Travel & Tourism private sector, conducted its annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) and it showed the huge part played by the Travel & Tourism sector last year in driving the economy of the region.

Throughout 2019, Travel & Tourism generated $245 billion towards GDP and 8.6% to the region’s economy.

The overall regional economy fell 0.6%, meanwhile the Travel & Tourism sector grew by 5.3% in 2019, which shows the continuous growth if the sector.

The detailed report showed that leisure travel makes up 83% of total visitor spend, with only 17% are business trips.

Saudi Arabia and UAE both made it to the list as an example of the fast growing countries in tourism, and Saudi Arabia had the fastest growing Travel & Tourism sector in 2019, with 14% growth to make up 9.5% of the total economy in the country.

Not only did this remarkable performance from Saudi Arabia and its growth provide 1.5 million job opportunities, it has also contributed  to the overall growth in Travel & Tourism globally.

“WTTC’s 2019 Economic Impact Report (EIR) shows how intrinsic Travel & Tourism was last year to the economy in the Middle East, supporting nearly seven million jobs or 8.8% of the total number of people employed.” Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said.

“Our report underscores how vital Travel & Tourism will be in powering the recovery of the region’s economy, generating new jobs and driving visitors back to the Middle East, having a positive economic domino effect on suppliers large and small throughout the industry.” She added.

We can’t wait till this is all over and tourism in stunning Saudi Arabia can go back to normal.

 

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Saudi Arabia Reveals Plans To Turn AlUla Into the World’s Largest Living Museum

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Saudi Arabia has revealed plans to turn AlUla into the world’s very largest living museum and a major heritage, cultural, arts and adventure tourism destination.

These development plans were part of AlUla framework plan that was revealed at the 10th UN World Urban Forum.

The plan is to be able to host two million visitors annually by 2035 with a project that will create more than 67,000 new jobs and help promote and protect the area.

AlUla is known for its incredibly stunning natural beauty and diversity in archaeology and has witnessed major cultural events that have attracted global artists and also hosted an incredible site-responsive outdoor art installation featuring the work of Saudi and international artists.

The balanced development strategy places people first as part of a broader commitment to become an open living museum for the world and a global center for culture, heritage, arts and eco-tourism projects,” the CEO of the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), Amr Al-Madani, said.

“We chose the World Urban Forum as a credible global platform to engage with the world’s leading developers and sustainability experts and share our plans for the long-term, responsible development of AlUla as the world’s largest living museum. By combining heritage with nature, we are transforming the cultural landscape of AlUla and establishing the county as a global tourism destination with a thriving economy and local community.” He added.

 

 

 

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