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New Saudi Visa Scheme to be announced During a Huge Touristic Event

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The kingdom is adding the final touches to a game changing touristic initiative that is expected to benefit a number of international tourists through a visa scheme that will welcome visitors from 50 countries.

The initiative hasn’t been officially announced yet by the government but according to Arab News, the event will showcase the top attractions in Saudi Arabia and will take place this month in September. The event will be covered by major and global advertising campaign and will launch in the presence of travel experts.

The event is expected to take place on September 27 and will promote for the “the sights and sounds” of Saudi Arabia, targeted towards international and regional audience. The initiative shall also highlight the progress done so far on several tourism projects, including the digital events calendar and the expansion of the concept of Saudi Seasons. 

Tourism projects also include a luxury resort on the Red Sea coast, visitor facilities at the historic Al-Ula area and an entertainment city at Qiddiya outside Riyadh.

Imad Damrah, managing director of Colliers Saudi Arabia, explained to Arab News how visas will have a significant effect on tourism. “It will be a game changer for tourism, leisure and entertainment in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

“It will not just encourage more new people to come, but it will be easier for people who have already decided to come.”

“Let’s get some perspective on this. If you come to Saudi Arabia, you can still go to Florida, or Dubai, as well. Every destination has its own attraction,” he added.

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Second Partial Lifting on the Suspension of International Flights To Happen in November

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Ready to fly away to more countries soon? It has been announced that new international destinations will be available for traveler starting next month.

Saudi’s airline made the announcement on its official Twitter account, adding that the total number of international destinations for permitted travelers will rise to 33.

This is considered to be the second partial lifting of the suspension of international flights, after the first one that took place on September 15th that permitted traveling to 20 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Destinations now include more cities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and extend to Beirut, Kuwait, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Milan, Delhi, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Kochi, Lahore, Multan, Mumbai and Peshawar.

As for the full lifting of the suspension, the Kingdom plans on ending all restrictions as of next year on air, land and sea transport. An official date will be announced in December.

 

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Saudi Airlines Resume Flights to 20 Destinations in Asia, Europe and Middle East

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As life is slowly returning back to normal and countries are trying to safely cope with the pandemic, Saudi airlines has resumed its international flights to 20 destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

This step comes after a suspension that lasted for seven months and a disruption that the pandemic has caused. The airline is now ready to fly again to Amman, Dubai, Tunis, Cairo, Alexandria, Khartoum, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, Washington, DC, Islamabad, Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

A partial resumption for international flights started since September 15th, following a six-month strict suspension.

According to the Interior Ministry, all restrictions on air, land and sea transport will end after the first of January 2021, a specific date is yet to be announced in December. The airline normally flies to more than 85 destinations worldwide.

The General Directorate of Passports (GDP) is calling on all Saudis and expats traveling from Saudi Arabia to comply with all safety regulations and health requirements.

The directorate said that those requirements and procedures are constantly updated and without prior notice.

To learn about the travel documents’ regulations and instructions, they can visit the GDP’s official website.

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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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