Tag: Saudi Arabia

Winter at Tantora Festival sets the stage with world-class artists’ line-up

Winter at Tantora festival in AlUla County in North-West Saudi Arabia is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and cultural heritage. Running from December 19, 2019 to March 7, 2020, Winter at Tantora will bring 12-weekends of wonder to the AlUla Oasis, inspired by its spectacular scenery. Critically acclaimed and multi-award winning singer/songwriter, Craig David […]

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Visa fee not increased for Hajj and Umrah, confirms Indian Ambassador

The Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ausaf Sayeed confirmed that there was no increase in the visa fee for Hajj and Umrah. The clarification came in the wake of reports on various media platforms about a possible hike in visa fee affecting the pilgrimage. The Ambassador also clarified that this year in September a […]

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Saudi Arabia lifts restrictions on ability of women to independently obtain passports and travel freely

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced groundbreaking legal changes to enhance the role of women in society, including an end to restrictions on travel that puts women above the age of 21 on the same legal footing as adult men. The official gazette published a Royal Decree issued on July 30 ratifying a Council of […]

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Travelport reveals global trends in flight bookings ahead of Hajj 2019

Advanced flight bookings to airports around the holy city of Mecca ahead of this year’s Hajj have increased from Asia, Europe and Oceania, according to research by Travelport. According to the analysis, India (44,611) had the second-highest number of bookings in the world and the highest in Asia. As part of its study, Travelport analysed […]

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Saudi Arabia removes restriction on Umrah pilgrims

To boost tourism and the economy, Saudi Arabia has taken the decision to allow the Umrah pilgrims to tour anywhere in the country. The Saudi Cabinet decided that the Muslims making the holy pilgrimage are to be granted the freedom to visit anywhere in the Kingdom during their stay. Previously, Umrah pilgrims were restricted to the […]

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India ranks 3rd among top nationalities visiting Saudi Arabia for Umrah

India ranked third in terms of the world’s top nationalities that visited Saudi Arabia last week to perform the Umrah. According to the cumulative statistics of the weekly Umrah Index of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia, an estimated at 621,742 pilgrims from India set foot in Saudi Arabia. As the holy […]

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Saudi Arabia set to welcome the Dakar Rally in early 2020

Dakar Rally, the world’s biggest and most challenging rally confirmed that it will debut in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January 2020. At a special event in Qiddiya, the location that marks the finish line at the end of the 9,000 km endurance race on the outskirts of Riyadh, officials, VIPs, leading international pilots […]

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India-Israel flight service a ‘historic moment’: Israeli Tourism Minister

Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin on Friday termed the inauguration of the direct flight service between New Delhi and Tel Aviv as a historic moment. He further said the initiative would be very beneficial from the tourism perspective. “It is truly a historic moment in the relations of India and Israel. We will see many […]

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Saudi Arabia taps on religious tourism

Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic reform program, Saudi Arabia is working on to expand their tourism potential by promoting pilgrimage as the main component of the tourism initiatives to attract more visitors into the country. The Haj, a journey every able-bodied Muslim who can afford must perform once in a lifetime, is a […]

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Saudi Arabia to develop the Red Sea coastline as a major tourism hub

Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Under Crown Prince has introduced a new global tourism project that focuses on boosting tourism circuit near the Kingdom’s Red Sea coasts. The Red Sea project will include the development of an airport, a port, hotels and luxury residences, other facilities and infrastructure and transportation services. The project is planned […]

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