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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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‘Winter is Around You’ Campaign Sheds the Light on the Kingdom’s Desert Life

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The ‘Winter is Around You’ campaign, which has been recently launched by the Saudi Tourism Authority, will highlight the stunning desert destinations and position it as the ultimate choice for winter break.

Most of the Kingdom is desert and it’s divided to three part: Al-Dahna, Al-Nafud and the Empty Quarter. In these parts, visitors can find beautiful natural oases and parks, and also those interested in hiking can get to enjoy several activities at some of the desert’s cliffs.

The campaign is also highlighting the desert camps, known as Kashtas, and shedding the light on it as a popular destination during this time of the year, it offers the perfect escape for tourists who are looking to get away from the hustle of urban life.

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Other activities that suit adventure seekers are and skiing, motorbike riding and “dune bashing.” If you’re the explorer type, then you can take the time to explore and look into the history and heritage of these desert areas or try some chill activities such as camel and horse riding or camping.

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The Saudi desert truly is the ideal destination for individuals, groups and family, it’s a place worth promoting for and a place deserves to have people flood to from all over the world.

 

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See AlUla Through the Lens of Young Photographers in CaptureAlUla Photo Competition

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A photography competition kicked off earlier on World Photography day and five Saudi photographers were able through their lens to showcase the beauty of AlUla.

The winner of the #CaptureAlUla Photo Competition really did a wonderful job highlighting the beauty of the area that extends to 22,561km² and include a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and historical sites.

The competition, which the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) held in co-operation with Sony Alpha, aimed to support the local talents of the Kingdom. The winners were awarded with a compact Sony Alpha 6600M camera, which has the world’s fastest Auto-focus, and a commission of 10,000 SAR from RCU.

The winners will also get to cooperate with RCU on upcoming projects, which is considered as a great opportunity for them.

Ziad Alarfaj, Sony Alpha Ambassador in KSA and another #CaptureAlUla judge commented: “The participants are all very creative, we chose those winners based on who we believe will have a brilliant future in photography. Each winner has a valuable opportunity to share their artistry with to the world, each picture was chosen not only for showcasing the beauty of its subject, but in telling the story behind it.”

Aisha Alhjairi who loves cinematography, photography and listening to classical music, earned the Design grouping. “By using pottery and dry branches, using earthy colours, and through the harmony between the elements of this artwork and the harmony of lighting in it, I wanted to show and prove that from the drought we can create an artistic picture, as beauty is created from severity, and luxury is created from simplicity,” she said while commenting on her winning image. “I made this idea specifically to show the sensual heritage (the pottery) in a different way from what is customary to touch the feelings of the recipient and bring them back to the memory.”

Check out the incredible photos and see AlUla in a different perspective through the eyes of young talents!

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Saudi Arabia Ranked 6th Safest Travel Destinations in World During Pandemic

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Saudi Arabia has been ranked among the six safest travel destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wego Travel Blog.

In the article “Safe Places to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was published by Wego Travel Blog, the Kingdom was ranked the sixth safest country and it’s also worth mentioning that it was the only Middle Eastern country in the group.

The travel blog chose the countries according to an EU methodology for its travel risk assessment.

Australia came first first in the global safe destinations for travel during the pandemic, followed by New Zealand, Singapore, Zambia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

The classification comes based on the country’s ability in containing the pandemic and how efficient its health system is, regarding the number of ICUs and medical staff.

 

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