Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee; KAWA

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was elected for the first time on Wednesday to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The announcement comes one week after the election of the Kingdom to the Executive Council of the UN Heritage Body for the period 2019 to 2023.

Source: Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO World Heritage Committee – KAWA

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman elected to Unesco’s world heritage committee; Emma Day; The National

The regional nations now form part of the governing body that has the final say on what will be added to the World Heritage List…

Source: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Oman elected to Unesco’s world heritage committee

Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO’s world heritage committee; Arab News

Saudi Arabia was elected to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for the first time on Wednesday. The announcement comes a week after the Kingdom was elected to the UN heritage body’s executive…

Source: Saudi Arabia elected to UNESCO’s world heritage committee

Saudi Arabia, largely kept secret to outsiders, opened to tourists last month. This is what it’s like vacationing there now; Sophia Ankel; Insider

Visitors to the Middle Eastern country can camp on 1000-feet cliffs or snorkel along untouched coral reefs.

Source: Saudi Arabia, largely kept secret to outsiders, opened to tourists last month. This is what it’s like vacationing there now

Vision 2030 only the start of tourism drive, Saudi official says; Jamie Prentis; The National

The Kingdom is targeting 100 million visits by 2030 as it seeks to diversify its economy…

Source: Vision 2030 only the start of tourism drive, Saudi official says

Hotel giant Accor inks deal for Saudi tented resort; Sam Bridge; Arabian Business

Accor has signed a landmark agreement to debut MGallery, its boutique brand, in Saudi Arabia’s premier heritage destination, Al Ula…

Source: Hotel giant Accor inks deal for Saudi tented resort

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

And it’s coming in early 2020…

Source: Stop Everything: Saudi Arabia Is Getting Its Own Coachella

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.

Source: Euronews Living | An unfiltered guide to getting around in Saudi Arabia (as a foreigner)

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.

Source: Desert X Funder Pulls Out in Protest of Saudi Collaboration

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…

Source: Saudi Arabia’s historical sites are every bit as splendid as their better-known neighbours

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

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

Source: Coachella art biennial Desert X heads to Saudi Arabia

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.

Source: Three Desert X Board Members Resign in Protest of Saudi Collaboration

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…

Source: Lonely Planet guide reveals Saudi Arabia’s tourism treasures

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.

Source: Desert X collaborates with Saudi Arabia on exhibition at a UNESCO World Heritage site

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.

Source: MultiBrief: Travel2020: Saudi Arabia tourism visa represents a final frontier for travelers

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.

Source: Saudi Arabia is enlisting Instagram travel influencers to help repair its tattered reputation

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.

Source: Saudi Arabia opens up to foreign tourists with new visa scheme