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‘Saudi Seasons 2019’ Initiative: Mapping the Way for Tourism

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Government officials have launched a new major initiative called ‘Saudi Seasons 2019’ that will map out 11 key tourism seasons in Saudi Arabia.

The program was announced by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), and it targets the cultural, historical and sporting attractions in the Kingdom, that are most likely to draw a number of tourists.

In doing so, a road map for future tourism strategies will be provided, along with several new job opportunities.

The first 11 seasons will focus on the Eastern Province of the Kingdom and is expected to get underway in mid-March. As for other tourism initiatives, they will focus on the time during the holy month of Ramadan, the feasts, national day and cities of Jeddah and Taif, Riyadh, Al Ula, Hail and Ad Diriyah.

The idea of ‘Saudi Season 2019’ program was first discussed in mid-2018 and it was a collaboration between Saudi government departments under the supervision and leadership of a committee that was headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Those governmental departments included the Ministry of Culture, the General Entertainment Authority, the General Sports Authority, and the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau, they all worked together to come up with such a program.

The first year of the project will include a number of programs that will promote for the Saudi regions and their heritage; therefore the focus will go to cities with unique cultural background and historical features.

Sporting events are to be highlighted as well, in addition to providing of high-quality services for transportation and accommodation.

 

 

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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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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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