Saudi missions overseas gear up for deluge of tourist e-visa applications

Plans are to turn the country into a global tourist hub hosting international attractions. (SPA)
Updated 06 March 2019
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Saudi missions overseas gear up for deluge of tourist e-visa applications

  • Saudi missions abroad were aiming to become the quickest in the world for turning around applications, official say

RIYADH: Saudi missions overseas are gearing up for a deluge of online applications for tourist visas as a new system goes into full operation.

Already, 9,000 one-off e-visas have been issued for visitors to attend four recent events in the Kingdom — Formula E motor racing, the Italian Super Cup football match in Jeddah, the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival, and the Winter at Tantora festival in Al-Ula.

“There is a huge demand for tourism, especially from the US, European countries and Japan,” Khalid Al-Kahtani, a counselor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ visa department, told Arab News.

As part of plans to turn the country into a global tourist hub hosting international attractions, the government has adopted new technology that will allow embassies and consulates to issue electronic visas within 24 hours of receiving a request. Saudi missions abroad were aiming to become the quickest in the world for turning around applications, Al-Kahtani said.

He said women from abroad were free to visit without a male guardian.

Under the visa upgrade, the Saudi General Investment Authority, General Sports Authority and General Entertainment Authority will provide the Foreign Ministry and state security with details of events at least two months in advance for inclusion on the visa system.


Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.