If you are a sports and music enthusiast and also love to explore the culture of a new place, then there’s a good news for you straight from the Gulf.
In a new initiative to kickstart the tourism and invite more travellers, Saudi Arabia will start issuing visas for people from around the world to enjoy sports and cultural events in the country.
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In this new initiative, the country will open up its borders for tourists to enjoy the scenic spots and major attractions.
The kingdom’s General Sports Authority said, “Saudi Arabia will open up its borders to fans of live sport, music and culture for the first time with the launch of a new online visa process dedicated to welcoming international tourists.”
The operations under the new rule will kickstart from December for a Formula E motor racing competition near Riyadh.
In fact, under this new provision, tourists will be provided electronic visas for easy accessibility.
Till now, visa for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was only restricted to expat workers, their dependents and Muslim pilgrims travelling to the holy site of Mecca and Medina.
This new change in the rules comes due to country’s focus on tourism. It is also one of the centerpieces of Vision 2030, a blueprint to make the biggest Arab economy by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In other projects to develop tourism, the country plans to turn 50 islands and other pristine sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts.
It also plans to develop and restore historic sites like the centuries-old Mada’in Saleh, home to sandstone tombs of the same civilisation which built the Jordanian city of Petra.
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