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  • Saudi Cabinet approves electronic visas for foreign visitors

    Published on : Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet has approved electronic visas for foreign visitors, so that they can attend sporting events and concerts. The provision is made so that the world’s top oil exporter can diversify its economy and open up its society.   …

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  • Tourism now holds pivotal importance for Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Thursday, February 21, 2019

    Tourism has turned out to be the central development theme in Vision 2030 for Saudi Arabia, and as the Kingdom gradually opens its doors to tourists from around the world, its own citizens are also considered as one the fastest …

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  • Saudi Arabia floods kills 12, around 170 injured

    Published on : Thursday, January 31, 2019

      Due to flooding from heavy rain Saudi Arabia says 12 people have died and more than 170 injured this week.     In the area of Tabuk 10 people died, one was in Medina and another in the Northern …

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  • 81 per cent increase in Chinese tourists to GCC: ATM 2019

    Published on : Friday, December 21, 2018

     A recently published data ahead of the Arabian Travel Mart revealed that the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will increase by 81 per cent, from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.0 million in 2019.   …

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  • See Saudi Arabia’s new archaeological sites

    Published on : Monday, November 26, 2018

    The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) Asir office has added the records of 19 new archaeological sites to the National Antiquities Register.     Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage’s (SCTH) official Mohammed Al-Umrah said  that …

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  • Saudi Arabia blocks 3 million Palestinians from Hajj and Umrah

    Published on : Monday, November 12, 2018

    Saudi Arabia has barred some 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel from entering the country on temporary Jordanian passports, and thus, from performing Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that is compulsory for Muslims from around the world to perform at …

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  • Saudi Arabia successfully launches biometric technology to reduce long queues

    Published on : Monday, October 15, 2018

    A pilot programme allowing religious tourists to file biometric data in their home countries has been hailed as a success, according to the Saudi Ministry of Interior, and the country will look to further grow the role of technology in …

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  • Saudi Arabia opens £6 billion high-speed train from Mecca to Medina

    Published on : Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Saudi Arabia has unveiled its £6 billion ($7.87 billion) high-speed rail service that will run between Mecca and Medina.     Mecca is the site of an annual pilgrimage for millions of Muslims as part of a sacred journey known …

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  • Abu Dhabi Airports Celebrates Saudi Arabia’s National Day

    Published on : Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Abu Dhabi Airports is celebrating the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), with a number of activities highlighting the close ties between the two countries. KSA National Day falls on September 23, and Abu Dhabi International Airport …

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  • Al Habtoor targets hotel sector of Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Monday, August 6, 2018

    After ending close relationship with Marriott International, the largest hotel operator in the world, Al Habtoor targets the hotel sector of Saudi Arabia.     Mohammed Al-Habtoor, chief executive and vice chairman of the family-owned conglomerate, said he will be …

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  • Saudi Arabia appoints Jerry Inzerillo to oversee its tourism assets

    Published on : Thursday, July 26, 2018

    Of late, Saudi Arabia has hired a “tourism visionary” to spearhead its proposal to set up a number of new historical and tourism assets.   Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of the Saudi Arabia and chairman …

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  • Saudi Arabia, Nigeria rank topmost in hotel project numbers for MENA

    Published on : Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    Saudi Arabia and Nigeria have ranked highest in terms of total number of hotel projects for the construction pipelines of the Middle East and Africa respectively. This part of the world has a total of 209 hotel projects with 72,680 …

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  • Massive Saudi plans to boost its tourism sector through huge investments

    Published on : Monday, May 28, 2018

    Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund said on Sunday the country’s Red Sea Project, a vast tourist development aimed at opening the economy, has been registered as a standalone company and will be headed by a former director of London’s Canary …

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  • Saudi Arabia opens up undiscovered coastlines for visitors

    Published on : Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    The sky is clear, the sun is bright, and the sea is a glimmering turquoise. What better day to discover the underwater around a small, sandy island in the Red Sea which is home to all the busy crabs and …

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  • ATM’s 25th anniversary event lures 39,000 travel trade professionals

    Published on : Monday, May 21, 2018

    This year’s Arabian Travel Market that is a premiere international event for the Middle East inbound and outbound tourism, celebrated its 25th anniversary in style with an many as 39,000 travel, hospitality and tourism professionals from across the world, with …

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  • By 2027, MENA Tourism to reach $350 Billion

    Published on : Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    The UAE and Saudi Arabia are hoped to expand at a compound yearly growth rate (CAGR) of 5 percent in the coming 10 years. At present, the UAE and Saudi Arabia account for 50 percent of the tourism market of …

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  • Study finds Saudi Arabia’s major rise in travel and tourism technology

    Published on : Thursday, May 10, 2018

    The technological advancements in the travel and tourism sector and rising online trends are shaping the future of the industry.     During the recent 2018 Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, unveiled  the ‘Middle East Consumer Travel Report 2018’ — …

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  • Saudi Arabia joins ICC and expands its presence at IMEX in Frankfurt

    Published on : Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    The Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB) is following up its successful venture in 2017 to market the country as a destination for international meetings, conventions and exhibitions by increasing its investment in marketing activities during 2018. The SECB has …

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  • Global hotel operators keen to open and expand their branches in Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    With Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman bringing about a lot of reforms and opening up the conservative kingdom for tourists, hotel operators from east and west are keen on spreading their branches in the biggest Gulf state. Saudi …

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  • Al Hokair Group plans its hotel development programme in Saudi Arabia

    Published on : Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Al Hokair Group continues its expansion programme by signing a deal to bring Holiday Inn Express to Saudi Arabia.     Al Hokair Group plans to roll-out 10 Holiday Inn Express hotels in Saudi Arabia over the next 15 years …

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