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Saudi Arabian Ballooning Federation Colors the Skies of Al-Ula

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After the success of the inaugural Hot Air Balloon Festival during Winter at Tantora Festival that took place earlier this year, the HQ of Saudi Arabian Hot Air Ballooning (SAHAB) Federation is now officially opened in Al-Ula. 

The announcement came on Thursday, and it is considered to be a part of the inaugural celebrations for the SAHAB Federation’s newly established base. During which, seven hot air balloons took over the skies of Al-Ula, captained by pilots from around the world.

It was earlier this year, when 100 balloons lit up the skies of Al-Ula during Winter at Tantora Festival. The place looked extra magical, and it only made sense for the federation to open its headquarters in Al-Ula. 

Here’s a snippet of how colorful the skies looked at Al-Ula, during this year’s Winter at Tantora Festival.

Promoting for Al-Ula certainly began with the enormous festival Winter at Tantora, where a number of performances took on the stage including Yanni.

The place is one of Saudi Arabia’s most beautiful destination for tourism, and having the Hot Air Balloon Festival there left yet another remarkable blueprint for adventure tourism in the Kingdom.

Amr Al-Madani, President of the SAHAB Federation, and CEO of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula (RCU), said in a statement, “Hot air ballooning is the perfect activity to accompany the peace, serenity and extraordinary beauty of the Al-Ula landscape. The launch of the SAHAB Federation’s headquarters in Al-Ula is a commitment to enable and grow an exciting hobby in the Kingdom.

With a mission to develop the Saudi aerostation industry in all its forms, we look forward to providing a platform for meaningful experiences in the Kingdom’s skies for adventure enthusiasts and families alike.”

The establishment of the federation is also expected to benefit the local community of Al-Ula; through providing job opportunities in the field of adventure tourism.

The federation also plans on working along with the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and the RCU; in order to develop a ballooning community of adventure seekers in the Kingdom and from across the world as well.

Hot Air Ballooning isn’t the only adventurous activity that tourists can enjoy there, Al-Ula is also a go-to destination for hiking.

 

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RCU Partners With Aman Hotel to Transform Al-Ula into a Top Touristic Destination

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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.

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Saudi Citizens Will No Longer Need a Visa to Travel to South Africa

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The Kingdom’s foreign ministry announced that Saudi citizens will be able to travel to South Africa without the need of issuing a visa starting from August 15.

Just last month the South African Tourism (SA Tourism) got the news that seven countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will be added to the visa waiver list for travel to South Africa. 

This means that Saudi nationals will be able to visit the country for 90 days for business or tourism, as stated by the Kindom’s foreign ministry said.

 

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Taif: What Makes it The Kingdom’s City of Roses!

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Taif governorate has been crowned as the Kingdom’s city of roses and the best Saudi summer city, because of its incredible climate during the summer, its amazing natural landscapes and top touristic sites.

This makes Taif the Kingdom’s domestic tourism volume for its magnificent touristic attractions that include parks, museums, the most popular flea markets, and farms in addition to some cultural attractions such as Souk Okaz, which has been developed by the National Authority for Tourism and National Heritage through organizing the Souk Okaz Festival these past few years.

Visitors of Taif can also enjoy a stroll down some of the ancient Arabian Peninsula’s market. Another important site to visit is the Shubra Palace which includes one of the Kingdom’s most important museums, the Taif Regional Museum that was the presidency residence of King Abdul Aziz and King Faisal. 

Another great way to spend the day is to take a 2 hour drive from the Intercontinental in Taif and hike the top of the Al Wahbah Crater, the hike takes about 3.5 hours but the view of the landscape is certainly worth the adventure!

The weather, the sites, the heritage of the Taif are all factors that truly position the place as a top touristic attraction.

 

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