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Amid a vast and enigmatic monumental landscape, forgotten kingdoms, and layers of history, archaeologists are only just beginning to reveal the secrets of this heritage jewel in north-west Saudi Arabia.

AMAALA, an ultra-luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s north western coast, has appointed hospitality industry veteran Victor Clavell to the role of chief operating officer.

 

Saudi Arabia is showing the strongest recovery in Middle East, with advance hotel booking steadily rising, as per latest report by hotel connectivity expert eRevMax.

Saudi Arabia is showing the strongest recovery in Middle East, with advance hotel booking steadily rising, as per latest report by hotel connectivity expert eRevMax.

As tourism in Saudi Arabia begins to transform in line with Vision 2030, residents of large cities like Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam are embracing it by touring unexplored destinations.

Saudi Summer, the Kingdom’s largest ever domestic leisure tourism campaign, launched by the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA), has published visitor and spending statistics for the first half of the campaign, revealing a highly successful first phase.

AMAALA, the ultra-luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coast, has awarded the contract for excavation, backfilling, and earthworks to Duba-based startup, HASCO (Hasan Al-Harbi Corp.).

Almosafer, a leading omnichannel travel brand of Saudi Arabia, recently announced the launch of a holistic strategy to support the development of domestic tourism in the country, with dedicated packages and a 360 degrees promotional campaign aimed at boosting domestic travel bookings and encouraging Saudi nationals to explore the beauty of their own country over the coming months.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism has recently convened all Arab League nations to agree unified measures for the tourism sector’s recovery. 

Saudi Arabia is without question, the most important market in the Middle East. As the region’s biggest economy and home of Islam’s most important sites, the Kingdom dominates the regional landscape.

The events in March provide a reminder, if one was needed, that Riyadh is also a key actor on the global stage, and that it is no longer content to operate quietly in the backroom of global politics, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Richard Thompson, editorial director, GlobalData. Commented, “Despite decades of diversification initiatives, the Saudi economy remains dependent on government spending and on oil. That is changing. The launch in April 2016 of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform agenda set a new path for a more diversified, private sector-led economy.”

In October 2017, Riyadh unveiled a series of gigaprojects, including the USD500 billion Neom future city, to drive investment and business opportunities. In late 2019, a new round of reforms opened up the tourism market. Critical to the vision are the country’s USD1,4 trillion of major projects planned or under construction. Saudi Arabia is by far the biggest projects market in the region, nearly double the size of the next largest market, the UAE.

Thompson continued by saying, “The Kingdom is home to almost half of all projects planned in the GCC. But the collapse in global economic activity caused by the COVID-19 crisis, and the subsequent crash in oil prices, has raised questions about the prospects for Vison 2030 and the Saudi projects sector. In the short-to-medium term, Riyadh’s diversification drive will be severely disrupted. The crisis has introduced urgent economic and health challenges at home and abroad that must take priority.”