TRAVEL | AlUla Has Now An Airport That Can Receive 400,000 Passengers Every Year

Home to some of Saudi Arabia’s most talked-about events, from Formula E to the hot air balloon festival to Winter At Tantora, Al Ula is a historic region in the north west of the Kingdom that attracts visitors from across the globe to its mesmerizing sandstones and rich heritage. This week, it has been announced that the region’s airport is getting a much – needed expansion, one that will allow it to receive a staggering 400,000 tourists a year.

As the region gears up to reopen its doors in October to visitors (following months of precautionary measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19), the Royal Commission of Al Ula announced that the second phase of works to Al Ula Airport has just been completed, further bolstering the region’s standing as a key tourist destination, as well as a logistic hub. The second phase of the development works has been focused on renovating the main building of the airport, expanding its runway, and adding a VIP reception hall.

As part of its efforts to open to tourism, the government of Saudi Arabia has been developing its sports, cultural, and heritage offerings, and Al Ula has been the top of the country’s efforts as it is home to some of the most extraordinary landscapes in the world and renowned locally for its archaeological remnants, some over 2,000 years old.

Indeed, this over-five-thousands-year-old region is filled with centuries of rich culture and history and has been home to a number of great civilizations such as the Dadanites, Lihyanites, and Nabateans. Today, the over 22,000 – square-kilometer region, which is roughly the size of Belgium, offers locals and visitors an array of events and experiences, from concerts, to culinary events, to breathtaking hiking and climbing trails.


LIFESTYLE | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihlio has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9. The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco geometric shapes and minimalist gold … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN | Saudi Arabia To Establish Future Women’s Civil Association

Saudi Arabia is to establish a Future Women’s Civil Association to help develop the work of the volunteer and nonprofit sector in the Kingdom. Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said his decision is to set up the civil society was in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan to grow … Continue reading THE EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN | Saudi Arabia To Establish Future Women’s Civil Association

FASHION ISSUES | Hermes Launches Its First-Ever Digital Flagship Store In Saudi Arabia

From its line of stylish hijabs to pieces that work perfectly for customers into the more modest of fashion statements, Hermes has been focusing much more on catering to the region’s contemporary woman. Now, the luxury brand is taking a key step further by launching its first flagship digital store in Saudi Arabia and United … Continue reading FASHION ISSUES | Hermes Launches Its First-Ever Digital Flagship Store In Saudi Arabia

Meghan Markle Wears Princess Diana’s Watch In New Portrait With Prince Harry

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have appeared in a newly released portrait together. It is a black-and-white photography taken by Matt Sayles which sees the couple pose in suits, at their new home in Montecito, California. This official portrait is the Duke and Duchess’ first one since they stepped down from their duties as senior … Continue reading Meghan Markle Wears Princess Diana’s Watch In New Portrait With Prince Harry

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | AlUla Heritage Sites Reopen To Public End Of October

The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has confirmed that the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra, the ancient kingdom of Dadan and the canyons of Jabal Ikmah will be the first sites to re-open to the public, having been largely closed off to visitors in the past period. The RCU announced that residents of AlUla will … Continue reading TRAVEL ESSENTIALS | AlUla Heritage Sites Reopen To Public End Of October

ROYALS | Kate Middleton Announces Photography Award Winner

British royal Kate Middleton announced the winners of the 56th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday. The Duchess of Cambridge announced the winners on Tuesday evening at a small event in the museum’s Hintze Hall that was broadcast online. Sergey Gorshkov was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year for … Continue reading ROYALS | Kate Middleton Announces Photography Award Winner

ROYALS | Meghan Markle Says She Was The ‘Most Trolled Person In World’ In 2019

Meghan Markle has opened up about the ‘almost unsurvivable’ online abuse she has faced since being married into the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently made an appearance on the ‘Teenager Therapy Podcast’, where they discussed the ill-effect of social media on mental health. The special episode, which marked World Mental Health … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle Says She Was The ‘Most Trolled Person In World’ In 2019

TRAVEL | Prague Café Hits Sweet Spot With Coronavirus – Shaped Dessert

A restaurant in Prague’s historic center has invented a dessert shaped like the novel coronavirus, an attempt to arrest a slump in business that is already proving a hit with customers. The Black Madonna would normally be bustling with tourists admiring its cubist interior, but it has suffered as travel to the Czech Republic slumped … Continue reading TRAVEL | Prague Café Hits Sweet Spot With Coronavirus – Shaped Dessert

TRAVEL | Guinness Registers Al-Asha As World Largest Oasis

Al-Ahsa Oasis entered the Guinness World Records as the largest self-contained oasis in the world. According to ‘Guinness’ website, the oasis includes more than 2.5 million palm trees feeding on a huge aquifer through 280 artesian spring and extending over an area of more than 85,4 square kilometers. The Heritage Commission undertook the task of … Continue reading TRAVEL | Guinness Registers Al-Asha As World Largest Oasis

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Cairo International Film Festival Delayed Until December

The 42nd edition of the annual Cairo International Film Festival has been postponed. The week-long event, which was scheduled to take place between Nov.19-28, has been pushed back by two weeks to Dec.2-10. The change in date was to ensure that COVID-19 safety and health measures put in place are approved by the Egyptian government … Continue reading ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Cairo International Film Festival Delayed Until December

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