KING SALMAN PRESIDES OVER LAYING OF FOUNDATION STONE OF DIRIYAH GATE
Work officially began on Diriyah Gate on Wednesday, when King Salman attended the official ground-breaking ceremony and laid the foundation stone.
Work on the SR 64 billion ($17 billion) development, one of the most important projects in the Kingdom, will bring in earnest in January. It will create a global tourism destination that combines a modern city with world-class historical and cultural attractions that reflect the area’s rich heritage.
HRH CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN LAUNCHING OF OPENING ROUND OF 2ND SESSION, OF FIA ABB FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP, IN DIRIYAH
His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense witnessed Friday, the launching of the opening round of the second session of FIA ABB Formula E Championship, for electric cars, in Diriyah, organized by the International Automobile Federation, at the outset of the Diriyah Season activities.
Riyadh season extended to January 2020
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and President of Riyadh Season Turki bin Abdulmohsen Al Al-Sheikh has announced the extension of Riyadh Season.
He said in a statement that the Season will end as scheduled in mid-December, but the extension will include only some of the events due to increasing demand, namely: Winter Wonderland, Al-Murabba, Safari and Riyadh Sahara, which will be extended to 18 January 2020, while Riyadh Boulevard will be extended to the end of March 2020.
Due to high demand and the amazing turnout of Riyadh Season, the Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority Turki Al-Sheikh announced the season will be extended to late January via Twitter on Monday.
He wrote: “We have reached 7,650,000 visitors in month (for Riyadh Season). And under the Crown Prince’s directives, we’re extending the season until late January”.
SAUDI ARABIA OPENS TOURIST VISAS TO U.S., EUROPEAN VISA HOLDERS
Tourist visas for Saudi Arabia are now available online and on arrival to holidaymakers who already hold a visa from the United States, Britain or the EU’s Schengen zone, expanding eligibility beyond an initial list of 49 countries.
Executive regulations published over the weekend over the weekend stipulate that people from other countries who have a tourist or commercial visa from the United States, Britain or European Union nations can follow the same process, rather than applying at a Saudi overseas mission with additional documentation.
SAUDI ARABIA TO DELIVER FIRST BATCH OF PREMIUM RESIDENCY NEXT MONTH
Saudi Arabia is expected to deliver the first batch of premium residence permits in mid-November.
The Saudi government announced in June that it would start receiving application for those who wish to obtain special residency through the comprehensive electronic platform, SAPRC.
The Fourth Edition Of Saudi Arabia’s Renowned King Abdulaziz Camel Festival Scheduled For November 1
When it comes to camels, no other nation does it better than Saudi Arabia, a country known for feats such as setting a world record in September last year for its Crown Prince Camel Festival, named the World’s Largest Camel Sporting Event in 2018, and this year for Princess Jamila Bint Abdul Majeed Bin Saud Bin Abdulaziz becoming the first Saudi women in history to compete in camel racing in the Kingdom. This year, another camel – related sensation that Saudi Arabia is known for is back and even bigger than ever.
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SAUDI ARABIA TO HOST DAKAR RALLY ON JANUARY 5
Saudi Arabia is set to host Dakar Rally 2020 on January 5, marking the first time the history race is held in Asia. Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Chariman of the General Sports Authority, said: “Hosting the world’s toughest race for many years, the Dakar Rally, is a confirmation that the Kingdom welcomes the world to see stunning views, vibrant cities and the vast desert where sand dunes converge with the sea”
KARRY WASHINGTON JUST GAVE OUT HER PHONE NUMBER TO 5 MILLION+ TWITTER FOLLOWERS. OR DID SHE?
Kerry Washington gave out some pretty private information Thursday: her phone number. Even she said she was crazy. – But if you thought there’s a catch, you’re right!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY ZAYED!
Almost a year after former Saudi princess, Ameerah al Taweel, married Emirati billionaire, Khalifa bin Butti Al Muhairi, the pair have just celebrate the birth of their child together, a baby boy. It has been shared on social media that the couple have named the new addition to their family, Zayed.
2 NEW LUXURY RESORTS WILL OPEN THEIR DOORS IN SAUDI ARABIA’S AL-ULA BY 2023
Just another reason to put the remarkable area packed with prehistoric sites and landmarks on your travel wish list. For its Middle Eastern debut, luxury hotel group Aman has chosen to open three resorts in Saudi Arabia’s extraordinary Al Ula region.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, September 1, 2019 – King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies has announced the date of showing the international film “Born as King” starting from Thursday, September 26, 2019, in cinemas in the Kingdom and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States. The Saudi historical film talks about King Faisal’s early life – from his birth in 1906 to his return from England in 1920 – and describes the first important diplomatic journey of a Saudi citizen to the British Royal Court, where there, the young Prince Faisal – 13 years old – had to meet with King George V of England, and other personalities such as Winston Churchill, Lawrence of Arabia, and Foreign Secretary Lord Curzon.
FOLLOWING HER FAT SHAMMING CONTROVERSY: REHAM SAEED BANNED FROM APPEARING ON ANY MEDIA PLATFORM FOR ONE YEAR
Last year, Egyptian presenter Reham Saaed faced a wave of criticism after her controversial comments regarding obesity. In the aftermaths of it all, it has been announced that the TV personality is banned from appearing on any media platform for one-year.
SAUDI ARABIA’S BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT EVENT TO HOST INTERNATIONAL STARTS, SHOWS
The season will run from October 11 to December 15, 2019 and host renowned artists including Bruno Mars, Pitbull, John Legend, and Alicia Keys. Concerts are scheduled to take place in a range of venues across the Saudi capital, including King Fahd International Stadium, in its biggest entertainment event to date.