Stop Everything: Saudi Arabia Is Getting Its Own Coachella; Milli Midwood; Harper’s Bazaar Arabia

And it’s coming in early 2020…

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Almosafer unveils packages for ‘Winter at Tantora’; Trade Arabia

Almosafer, the flagship brand of Seera Group’s Consumer Travel Business Unit, has unveiled a host of event packages designed for fans preparing to attend the second season of “Winter at Tantora” between December 19 and March 7.

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An unfiltered guide to getting around in Saudi Arabia (as a foreigner); Rachel Graham; Euronews

Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to tourism. Rachel Graham is here to give you the lowdown on what it’s really like.

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Desert X Funder Pulls Out in Protest of Saudi Collaboration; Hyperallegic

The Los Angeles Times reported that the MaddocksBrown Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that was one of Desert X’s early donors, announced that it will withdraw funding from the organization.

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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.

Source: Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas for the first time – The Scoop

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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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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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 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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One day, Jews will visit to see Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage; Fiyaz Mughal; JC

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Why is Al-Ula paving the way towards tourism in Saudi Arabia?; Euronews

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Uncovering ancient kingdoms, Saudi Arabia develops modern sites in al-Ula; Reem Krimly; Al Arabiya

On Sunday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched mega tourism projects in the ancient desert…

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ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY INSIDE SAUDI ARABIA; Paula Froelich; Newsweek

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Al Ula, Saudi Arabia: tourist’s alternative to Jordan’s Petra – in pictures; Katy Gillett; The National

As the Winter at Tantora Festival takes place in Al Ula, we take a deeper look at the kingdom’s first city to appear on the Unesco World Heritage Site list…

Source: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia: tourist’s alternative to Jordan’s Petra – in pictures