Saudi opens to tourists – so what is there to see?; Frank Gardner; BBC

The BBC’s Frank Gardner, a visitor to the kingdom for decades, shares his tips for places to see.

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Saudi Arabia’s historical sites are every bit as splendid as their better-known neighbours; Timothy Power; The National

Tourists are already beginning to discover the archaeological treasures that form a rich heritage, just weeks after a new visit visa was introduced…

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Coachella art biennial Desert X heads to Saudi Arabia; Gulf News

The exhibition consists of large-scale site-specific works staged across Coachella…

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Three Desert X Board Members Resign in Protest of Saudi Collaboration; Hakim Bishara; HyperAllergic

Ed Ruscha, Yael Lipschutz, and Tristan Milanovich say the Saudi government’s violations of human rights and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi prompted their resignations.

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Lonely Planet guide reveals Saudi Arabia’s tourism treasures; Sarah Glubb; Arab News

Tharik Hussain spent around two months in Saudi Arabia researching its numerous tourism and heritage sites for the book…

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Desert X collaborates with Saudi Arabia on exhibition at a UNESCO World Heritage site; Brian Blueskye; Desert Sun

Desert X collaborates with Saudi Arabia on an exhibition in the Saudi Arabian desert of AlUla, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Inside the Kingdom; Anamika Chatterjee; Khaleej Times

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Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for the first time; Ain Bandial; The Scoop

Saudi Arabia has started offering tourist visas for the first time, opening up the conservative Islamic kingdom to holidaymakers as part of a push to diversify its economy away from oil. Visas in the desert kingdom, endowed with rich bedouin heritage and archaeological sites, had until now been restricted to expat workers, their dependents and the Muslim pilgrims travelling to Islam’s holiest sites. Citizens from 49 countries are eligible for online e-visas or visas on arrival, including Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, China, the United States and several European countries.

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MultiBrief: Travel2020: Saudi Arabia tourism visa represents a final frontier for travelers; Lark Gould; MultiBriefs

Much as a woman in a niqab may show her face for a flash before veiling under the dark of her robes, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been exposing slivers of tourism possibilities to the west and then masking them again in a play of calculated flirtation — until now. Travelers have long held the Kingdom as a bucket list destination. But, until now, Saudi Arabia remained off-limits for all but the most hardened travelers. All that changed in September.

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These Five Upcoming Projects Will Help Saudi Arabia Become a Touristic Hotspot; Fatma Abusief; Emirates Woman

Saudi Arabia announced that it will be opening its doors to international tourists, and these five upcoming projects will help it become a touristic hotspot…

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Three key tourist sites to visit in Saudi Arabia; AFP

In 2017, the kingdom announced a project to turn 50 islands and other pristine sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts.

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Saudi Arabia is enlisting Instagram travel influencers to help repair its tattered reputation; Bill Bostock; Business Insider

Insider uncovered how Saudi Arabia wooed travel influencers with chaperoned tours of the Kingdom, ahead of the launch of the new tourist visa.

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Property developers eye up Riyadh: The City of Welcome; Mariam M Al Serkal; Gulf News

CEOs, hotel realtors explore Saudi as next tourist hotspot after Kingdom launches e-visas…

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An ultimate guide to Ad Diriyah: Saudi’s first ‘giga project’ and the home of At-Turaif; Ashleigh Stewart; The National

‘To Saudi Arabia, Diriyah is what the Acropolis is to Athens, what the Colosseum is to Rome’…

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Saudi Arabia opens up to foreign tourists with new visa scheme; Sam Corbishley; Metro

The scheme is open to 49 countries and relaxes the typically strict dress codes for female visitors.

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Saudi Arabia unveils new tourist visas; AP

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History in the making: Find out which countries are eligible for a Saudi visa waiver; Mariam M Al Serkal; Gulf News

Saudi set to gain US $27 billion in new tourism agreements with international investors…

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Nine Saudi Archeological Sites to Be Added to World Heritage List; Asharq Al-Awsat

Work is currently underway to register Saudi archaeological sites, including Darb Zubaydah, the Hejaz Railway, the Shami Hajj Road, the Egyptian pilgrimage route, Qaryat al-Faw, Rijal Almaa village, Dhee Ayn, and Duma al-Jandal on the list of World Heritage…

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Saudi tourist spots you can now visit; BBC

The kingdom is introducing a new visa regime for 49 countries, to open the country up to tourists.

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Saudi Arabia to open itself up to foreign tourists for first time; Peter Beaumont; Guardian

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Kingdom eyes holidaymakers as part of plan to diversify economy away from oil…

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