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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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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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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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