IN PICTURES: A dream island boasting pristine beaches on the Saudi coast

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Located on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s Asir region is the island of Kodumbul, one of the most beautiful and pristine natural habitats awaiting a promising future in light of the kingdom’s plans to boost tourism. It is expected to be a permanent tourist destination throughout the year, suitable for fishing and diving enthusiasts. Kodumbul has an area of about three square kilometers and boasts white sandy beaches around its three sides, and a tall mountain stands on the western side ...

PICTURES: The beautiful beaches of Amlaj, the ‘Maldives of Saudi Arabia’

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Al-Hawra is an old name for the Saudi province of Amlaj, which has picturesque islands and charming beaches. Amlaj has great archaeological and historical treasures, stretching 147 km north of Yanbu in western Saudi Arabia. Photographer Nasser Abdulla Al-Kathiri documented its aesthetic views in photos that promise a lot of potential as a touristic destination worthy of calling it the “Saudi Maldives,” he says. "Despite the small size of the Saudi province of Amlaj, it is on ...

Marriott to invest $2 bln in Saudi Arabia over four years

Monday, 26 February 2018

Marriott International will invest $2 billion in Saudi Arabia in the next four years by almost doubling the number of hotel rooms it operates there, an executive said on Monday. The kingdom aims to boost domestic and international tourism in its drive to diversify the economy away from oil exports. It is has set a target of $46.6 billion in spending by local and foreign tourists in 2020, up from $27.9 billion in 2015. Alex Kyriakidis, Marriott’s president and managing director for the ...

Saudi Arabia on a mission to unfold its archaeological treasures

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the National Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has said that exploration teams are searching for ancient and historical treasures in Saudi Arabia, as part of a huge project that will uncover the diversity of cultural and historical civilizations found in the Arabian Peninsula. As many as 35 joint archaeological missions are bringing together Saudi archaeologists and others from around the world to search for undiscovered historical ...

Now book cruise boats in Jeddah using an app

Friday, 16 February 2018

Now cruise boats in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, can be booked through a smartphone app. A license to this effect was issued by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to ride-hailing app company Careem. The new app service is expected to reduce the cost of renting a cruise boat by 50 percent compared to the usual fare, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The facility to book cruise boats through a smartphone app will be available at Jeddah Corniche in the beginning, according to Rumaih Al-Rumaih, president ...

Morocco tops 11-million mark in record tourism year

Monday, 12 February 2018

Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced Monday.Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10-percent increase over 2016, with tourists from “emerging markets” such as China and Brazil joining those from France, Spain and Germany.Revenues from the sector jumped to 69.7 billion dirhams ($7.55 billion, 6.16 billion euros) in 2017, up from 64.2 billion dirhams the previous ...

Saudi Arabia to promote 250 ancient caves for tourism

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Human beings had a fascination for caves from the time of the early man, and caving has always attracted tourists of all kinds from hardcore adventurists to fearless curiosity seekers to date. More than 5,000 caves around the world attract nearly 250 million tourists each year. These caves contribute $2 billion to the global tourism revenue annually. READ ALSO: Istiraha: A rare look inside the Saudi man-cave Caves were one of the best natural habitats where people sheltered themselves ...

160-mln-year-old Saudi mountain serves as oil reservoir, tourist destination

Friday, 9 February 2018

A series of mountains located 35 kilometers away from Riyadh is the latest geological site reeling in visitors in the kingdom. The Tuwaiq mountains have become popularly known as ‘the edge of the world’ for how similar they are to the US’s Grand Canyon in Arizona, also famously called the same nickname. Tourism in Tuwaiq Several group tours for residents and foreigners go on regular visits to the vast rocky edge, as well as nature lovers and those intrigued by strange rock ...

Ancient Egyptian priestess’ tomb discovery shows significance of monkeys

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the country’s famed pyramids at the Giza plateau just outside Cairo, the Antiquities Ministry said Saturday, the latest discovery that authorities hope will help revive the country’s staggering tourism sector. The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza’s western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom. It likely belonged to a woman known as Hetpet, who archaeologists believe was close ...

WATCH: Egypt moves colossus of Ramses II to its new location

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Egypt moved an 83-tonne, 3,200-year-old statue of King Ramses II to the atrium of Cairo's new Grand Egyptian Museum on Thursday in a complex operation undertaken by army engineers and specialist contractors. The ancient colossus was taken on its 400-meter journey inside a cage mounted on a truck and suspended like a pendulum from a steel beam to help offset any jolts from the ground during transport. Dr. Khaled El Anany, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, announced the successful transfer of ...

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