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Diriyah Gate Development Authority starts work on major heritage project
July 1, 2020

JEDDAH: Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) started the first phase of the biggest cultural project in the world at cost of SR75 billion ($20 billion), marking the start of a bold new era of construction for the city of Diriyah in Riyadh province.
Seven square kilometers of the historic city of Diriyah, just 15 minutes northwest of Riyadh, are to be transformed into one of the world’s foremost lifestyle destinations for culture, hospitality, retail"...

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As Gripping as a Movie! Announcing Beppu, The Onsen Journey, a Video for the Whole World That Depicts the Birth of the Beppu Hot Springs in a Miraculous Location over 2.6 Million Years
June 26, 2020

Release date: June 25, 2020 | Online at https://youtu.be/VzbwKqLSvVw Beppu City’s tourism economy was hit with an unprecedented shock as COVID-19 began to spread in April of this year. Never in our history have we seen visitors drop to nearly zero, especially during the weeklong holidays in May. We struggled through those months, and have entered a new phase where we believe we can begin to hope that the COVID-19 curve has flattened. Beppu City has begun to look toward a recovery in tourism demand once the fear of COVID-19 has been eliminated. To that end, we are releasing a public relations video, Beppu, The Onsen Journey, on June 25, to be shared not only throughout Japan but across the globe as well. Directed by Yuki Yusa, professor emeritus and geo-physicist at Kyoto University, the video looks back at 2.6 million years of history, weaving together computer graphics and actual imagery to view the history and majesty of the Beppu Hot Springs on a global......

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Saudi mega tourism project Amaala hires designer for The Island-
March 12, 2020

Amaala, the ultra-luxury destination planned along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coastline, has announced the appointment of architectural firm Denniston as the master planners for The Island, one of the project's key components.

The Island will be the home of an exclusive art community, and an Arabic botanical garden complemented by a collection of sculptural pieces.

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Special EgyptAir flights for Umrah visitors
March 12, 2020

JEDDAH — EgyptAir has arranged special flights to transport pilgrims and visitors from Saudi Arabia amid the travel ban due to the novel coronavirus threat.

In a statement, EgyptAir said it has arranged flights through its offices in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah from Tuesday. There are two Jeddah-Cairo daily flights, and a daily trip from Madinah to Cairo, along with a number of flights from Riyadh, Dammam, Qassim and Abha to Cairo.
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Saudi entertainment authority closes Riyadh Boulevard and Winter Wonderland over coronavirus fears
March 9, 2020

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority announced on Sunday that they will close the Riyadh Boulevard and Winter Wonderland over fears of the coronavirus.
The decision was taken to ensure the safety of visitors and the authority said that it is working on studying all the recreational activities according to a mechanism approved by the executive committee assigned to assess limiting public gatherings and emanating from the ministerial committee"...

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ACI Reveals World’s Best Airports for Customer Experience
March 9, 2020

Airports Council International (ACI) World has today revealed the winners of its world-renowned Airport Service Quality Awards.

The awards recognize those airports around the world that deliver the best customer experience in the opinion of their own passengers.

This year, 140 awards have been won by 84 individual"...

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Riyadh Travel Fair postponed
March 7, 2020

Riyadh Travel Fair 2020, which was scheduled to take place later this month, has been postponed to September as part of precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The ongoing coronavirus crisis hit Saudi Arabia earlier this week with the first case of an infected individual recorded. Saudi authorities were quick to act, quarantining 70 people who were in contact with that individual. Many other precautionary measures have"...

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Top UK design firm hired to advise on Saudi mega project Amaala
March 4, 2020

Amaala, the ultra-luxury destination located along Saudi Arabia’s northwestern coastline, has announced the appointment of Foster + Partners to act as architectural advisors of the development.

Amaala is set in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Nature Reserve across three communities - Triple Bay, The Island, and The Coastal Development - which will represent three different sets of"...

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New Grand Hyatt hotel planned for Makkah
March 2, 2020

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has entered into a management agreement with Umm Alqura for development and construction of a Grand Hyatt branded hotel in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Located in close proximity to the Grand Mosque, the hotel will be an integral component of the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) mixed-use urban development project, designed to support one of the fastest-growing religious tourism markets in the world.

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Saudi visitors to Mauritius jump 137pc in January
March 1, 2020

Saudi tourists to Mauritius increased 137 per cent in January compared to the same month in 2019, ranking the kingdom top ninth market to Mauritius, and number one ranked Arab country for tourists arrivals to the Indian Ocean Island.

This increase follows the successful results of visitors from the kingdom to Mauritius in 2019, as the Saudi tourist arrivals increased by 38 per cent, the visitors' number was 22,788 in 2019 compared to 16,507 in 2018,"...

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