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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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  1. richyevents.com

    September 8, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    i want to know the details for visit visa of Saudi Arabia, have any short visit visa for one week ?

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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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