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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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All Flights to Be Relocated to the New Jeddah Airport by Next Year

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It has been announced that as of next year, all flights to Saudi Arabia will be relocated form the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport.

This will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.

According to sources, the fourth phase will kick off in mid-November and will cover destinations including Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut. While the fifth phase will begin on December 10th to include flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.

The transition from the old airport to the new one will be gradual so that by the end of this year, the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.

More flights will begin to kick off from the new airport by the end of the first quarter of next year, up until the airport reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers yearly.

 

 

 

 

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The Red Sea Project: Aiming to Save the Marine Life

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One of Saudi Arabia’s mega projects is the Red Sea one and the this huge project is led by key ecological targets, in the attempt of protecting the marine life in the process.

We are all aware of the danger imposed on the sea life and this is why one of the project’s aims is protecting the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, another aim is saving the coral reefs.

The project covers a 28,000 square kilometer region of archipelagos, lagoons, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj located in the Kingdom’s west coast.

Scientists working on the projects are also trying to figure out why the area’s coral reef system is growing and thriving in some areas while others in areas across the world are facing great danger.

 

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Saudi Arabia to Allow Couples to Share A Hotel Room Without a Marriage Proof

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The Kingdom continues to make historic reforms as it opens up to tourists and this week, the tourism authority announced a revolutionary guideline which allows foreign women and men to share a hotel room without a marriage proof.

First, women were allowed to travel without a male guardianship and now the Kingdom is easing the regulations for foreign tourists after the launch of the first tourist visa scheme, all comes in light of the 2030 Vision that aims at diversifying the economy of Saudi Arabia. 

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage stated that women can now rent a hotel room using a proof of identity only, and without the need of a male approval.

The new visa allows tourists to enter the Kingdom for 90 days and this marks the Kingdom’s first time to open up for foreigners and in doing so, the tourism sector has already contributed with a 3% to the total GDP of Saudi Arabia and with these new reforms and easing of regulations, the government aspires to push the 3% to 10% in the upcoming period.

 

 

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