The Royal Commission for Al Ula (RCU) announced earlier a partnership with Aman hotel and resort.
Culture Minister and RCU Gov. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammad bin Farhan Al-Saud has signed the agreement on Monday with Vladislav Doroni, Aman Chairman and CEO.
This partnership includes the development of the first ever three Aman resorts in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
Prince Badr said that Aman’s choice to develop its first Middle Eastern property in Al Ula “shows the promise and progress of the vision for AlUla to become a worldwide destination for those seeking unique experiences. I believe this partnership will be the next step in the development of the yet-to-be-discovered masterpiece that is AlUla.”
Doronin, CEO and chairman of Aman resorts expressed her excitement saying: “Many of our existing Aman destinations are located in areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich history. With the addition of spectacular AlUla, this takes us to 10 properties situated near or in UNESCO heritage sites, making it a fitting location for our first destination in the Middle East.”
The property will be a spa resort including 30 luxurious tents based in the beautiful mountain valley and close to several heritage and cultural areas of Al Ula.
This partnership comes in light of the RCU’s goals of transforming Al Ula into a top destination for tourists, and that is by welcoming potential investors and giving the opportunity to business owners to help transform the city.
Saudi Arabia Grants Permanent Residency to Foreigners
Just recently, the Kingdom has opened its doors for tourists from across the world and now 73 individuals, of non-Saudi nationality, have been granted permanent residency without the need of a sponsor.
This is once again all part of the Kingdom’s plans in attracting overseas investment by allowing certain people to attain properties and do business.
With the tourist visa, and now this new permanent residency program, the kingdom hopes to improve its economy by reducing its dependency on oil and opening up new new sectors for investments. By increasing tourism, the livelihood of Saudi Arabia is expected to witness an evolution as well.
According to an article published in Bloomberg, “the kingdom received thousands of applications after offering permanent residency for 800,000 riyals (Dhs 783,546) or a one-year renewable permit for 100,000 riyals (Dhs 97,943).”
‘Diriyah Gate’ Project to Be Inaugurated This Month
The restoration of Diriyah will officially be inaugurated on November 19th with a remarkable event to celebrate the gega-project known as Diriyah Gate, which has been accomplished to welcome visitors to the historical area of Diriyah.
The event will showcase the efforts of Saudi Arabia in introducing the cultural area as one of the Kingdom’s greatest gathering places, the celebration will officially inaugurate the project ‘Diriyah Gate’ which is a cultural touristic destination for Saudi Arabia with UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart.
This remarkable event will include a world-class gala dinner, serving food that is completely sourced from Saudi farms, musical performances by Saudi musicians and pyrotechnics and costumed historical interpreters who will introduce history stories to the guests.
“There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future. This is truly a momentous time in this extraordinary country, and I am proud to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic site that is destined to become a global cultural icon and one of the world’s greatest gathering places.” Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said.
The project is set to become one of the main cultural destination in Saudi Arabia, giving visitors the opportunity to gather, explore, shop and dine in one the finest and most appealing places in the Kingdom. All of which will appeal to the local and international tourists, seeking a sense of authenticity.
All Flights to Be Relocated to the New Jeddah Airport by Next Year
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.