The tourism industry in the Middle East and North Africa region has taken a drastic hit since the onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. From Morocco in the west to Oman in the east, tourism has played a significant role in generating jobs and sustaining local economies in a part of the world famous for its holy cities, cultural heritage sites, sandy beaches and glittering metropolises.
Source: UN tourism chief sees vital Saudi role in sector’s post-coronavirus
Residents in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahsa struggled to escape the summer heat when the governorate recorded the world’s highest temperature of 50 degrees Celsius this season so far on Monday.
Source: Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahsa records world’s highest temperature this season
Expansion of apron will allow for 15,000 aircraft movements every year…
Source: Saudi’s AlUla airport increases capacity by 300%
Project will include about 86 different sports, entertainment, dining and cultural sites…
Source: Saudi’s Diriyah development authority kicks off phase one of its masterplan
Project is said to be inspired by the Unesco World Heritage site At-Turaif, which is said to be the birthplace of Saudi Arabia…
Source: DGDA begins works on heritage focused $20bn Diriyah Gate project
The cultural and heritage development is located in Riyadh…
Source: Saudi Arabia breaks ground for $20bln Diriyah Gate project
Both cities are centerpieces of the crown prince’s determination to grow and diversify the nation’s economy away from reliance on fossil fuels…
Source: Neom and AlUla: A tale of two cities
In Saudi Arabia a new international archaeology project has been announced, that could help us to understand some long-lost civilizations. Work has begun at the Al-Ula heritage site, which was once an important city for three pre-Islamic cultures.
Source: Digs to Uncover Secrets of Ancient Enigmatic Al-Ula Civilizations
With more than a billion people under lockdown and international flights grounded to a halt, the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to undertake measures such as social distancing in an effort to flatten the curve. As the number of cases continues to rise, people on social media are thinking more and more […]
Source: Post-Corona Bucket List: 10 Places You Need to Visit After This Crisis Ends – Scoop Empire
The Red Sea port city of Jeddah is known for many remarkable things, but perhaps the most universal on being Al-Balad, the city’s historic neighborhood filled with heritage buildings and centuries of…
Source: These Four Saudi Female Engineers Are Working to Preserve Jeddah’s
This magical county in Saudi Arabia is a very special place…
Source: Al Ula in Saudi Arabia: Here’s where UAE rulers spent their weekend
Chair of the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, has condemned the transfer of antiquities from Luxor’s…
Source: Arab Regional Center for World Heritage Condemns Transfer of Sphinxes from Luxor to Tahrir
The restoration and reimagining of Diriyah, a sweeping 18th century adobe city that once served as the capital and stronghold of the first Saudi State, will be officially inaugurated at a special Nov.19 gathering.
Source: Saudi to inaugurate Diriyah Gate, a new tourism hotspot
Jubbat Hail, in the Hail region of northeast Saudi Arabia, is on an old caravan route through the Nefud Desert. It is one of the largest and most significant archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia, due…
Source: ThePlace: Jubbat Hail, an old caravan route through the Nefud Desert
‘To Saudi Arabia, Diriyah is what the Acropolis is to Athens, what the Colosseum is to Rome’…
Source: An ultimate guide to Ad Diriyah: Saudi’s first ‘giga project’ and the home of At-Turaif
Saudi Arabia has long been seen as off-limits for international tourists. But now the country is opening up fully to international visitors for the first time.
Source: Saudi Arabia wants you to come on vacation
Al-Ahsa Oasis is one of the largest and most famous natural oases in the world, with over 3 million palm trees producing delicious dates. The place is widely considered to have the greenest and most fertile land in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. The region contains prominent archaeological and historical sites — some that date back to 6,000 B.C. — and has achieved three Arab and international accolades in the last four years.
Source: The Place: Al-Ahsa Oasis in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province – Daily Times