Albania to issue on arrival visas to Saudi tourists during summer

Sami Shiba
Updated 26 April 2017
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Albania to issue on arrival visas to Saudi tourists during summer

RIYADH: During the summer holidays, Albania will issue on arrival visas to Saudi tourists, the country’s Ambassador Sami Shiba told Arab News on Wednesday.
Shiba said that the new system is being introduced to attract more Saudi tourists to his country.
“During the summer, Saudi citizens can travel to Albania without visas, without having to obtain a visa at the Embassy of Albania,” Shiba said. “Travel can be done with their passports.”
Entry visas will be given for a period three months to stay in Albania. He urged Saudis to seize this opportunity to visit Tirana for business or leisure.
He pointed out that many Saudis are going to Tirana to spend their holidays for leisure or on business. He said that his tourism department has made special arrangements to look after Saudis’ interests during their period of stay in the country. He also said there are no direct flights to Tirana from Riyadh. However, he said that there are convenient connections to Albania from the Kingdom via Doba with Qatar Airways.
Albania, he said, is a safe country. Albanians are very open toward foreigners. Hospitality is an old Albanian tradition. Foreigners are always treated with special respect.
The ambassador said Albania is rich with traditions and folklore and visitors will be able to enjoy this wealth inherited over the centuries that still continues to blossom nowadays.
He said during 2016, Albania recorded over 4.7 million tourists.
Shiba said the two countries enjoy friendly relations and Albania is keen on developing relations in various fields under the new transformation plan in line with the Vision 2030.


Mexican delegation visits Saudi Arabia to promote trade and discuss investment

The Mexican ambassador further declared that his country, like Saudi Arabia, is one of the top 20 economies in the world and is eager to strengthen mechanisms of collaboration in different areas. (SPA)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Mexican delegation visits Saudi Arabia to promote trade and discuss investment

  • The visiting team expressed their desire to benefit from and contribute to the projects presented by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: A trade delegation from Mexico called on the Saudi business community to strengthen trade partnerships with their counterparts in Mexico and participate in promising opportunities and investment projects in various areas, especially in the construction and infrastructure sectors.
“A delegation from the National Bank for Services and Public Works (BANOBRAS), the most important development bank in Mexico, visited Saudi Arabia to promote investment opportunities that will bring the countries closer together,” Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda told Arab News on Friday.
Miranda accompanied Alejandro Blasco, head of investor relations at BANOBRAS, and Luis Ampudia, deputy head of investor relations, during the meeting at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).
The Saudi delegation was made up of CSC Secretary-General Saud Al-Meshari; Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development Khalid S. Alkhudairy; and head of stakeholder management of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) Saad A. Alkroud.
During the meetings, the Mexican delegation shared the opportunities available in Mexico for identifying possible public-private partnerships and financing social infrastructure projects, and they discussed the potential of investment opportunities in Mexico as part of the PIF’s international diversified pool, said the envoy.
The visiting team expressed their desire to benefit from and contribute to the projects presented by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The Mexican ambassador further declared that his country, like Saudi Arabia, is one of the top 20 economies in the world and is eager to strengthen mechanisms of collaboration in different areas, taking into account that Mexico’s GDP is $1.1 trillion, has a population of 129 million inhabitants, an inflation rate of 4 percent and very low unemployment of just 4 percent.
“I am sure both countries will continue to work together in order to have more Mexicans in Saudi Arabia and more Saudis in Mexico,” said Ambassador Miranda.