Where We Are Going Today: Vox Cinema

Vox Cinema in Jeddah is located at Red Sea Mall. (Supplied)
Updated 07 September 2019

Where We Are Going Today: Vox Cinema

  • Vox Cinema in Jeddah is located at Red Sea Mall, which means cinemagoers can pop to the shops or enjoy a meal with friends or family before the film

JEDDAH: The opportunity to go to the cinema in the city where I was born, Jeddah, is a dream come true. As an avid movie-lover and cinemagoer whenever traveling outside of Saudi Arabia, I feel privileged to be able to visit movie theaters in my own country, thanks to the many reforms taking place in the Kingdom.
I can book tickets via my online account, calmly selecting seats and show times without the stress of delaying others in queues at cinema box offices.
Vox Cinema in Jeddah is located at Red Sea Mall, which means cinemagoers can pop to the shops or enjoy a meal with friends or family before the film.
My first experience with Vox Cinema was a screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which I watched with my younger brother. I remember being so excited as I found my seat. The halls were clean, the seats comfortable, and the staff friendly and accommodating.
As the movie began, I found myself immersed in the whole experience which was enhanced through the surround-sound system.
Since then, I have been to several more showings in the IMAX and kids’ theaters, and I am yet to be disappointed.


Saudi Arabia stops issuing visas to tourists from countries worst hit by coronavirus

Updated 28 February 2020

Saudi Arabia stops issuing visas to tourists from countries worst hit by coronavirus

  • Tourist visas will still be available electronically or upon arrival to citizens of other qualifying countries

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism announced on Friday that it has temporarily stopped issuing tourist visas to people in certain countries particularly badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The affected nations are China, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The decision applies both to electronic visas obtained online and traditional visas issued upon arrival. In addition, tourist visas previously issued to residents of the listed countries will be temporarily suspended.

Tourist visas will still be available electronically or upon arrival to citizens of other qualifying countries, but as a precaution they will not be allowed to visit Makkah or Madinah.

People in countries that are not eligible for electronic visas can check whether they can travel to the Kingdom by calling a helpline on 0096 692 000 0890. Residents of the US, the UK and Schengen nations can call the same number to check whether they can obtain a tourist visa.

The Ministry of Tourism said that the restrictions were designed to protect citizens, residents and tourists, in line with recommendations from health authorities.

“These procedures are temporary and are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities,” a spokesman for the ministry said.

The latest restrictions come a day after Saudi authorities announced temporary bans on Umrah pilgrims and visits to the Prophet’s Mosque. They also said that holders of tourist visas from the countries worst affected by the virus would be refused entry to the country.

Also on Thursday, the Saudi health ministry said there are still “no known cases” of the coronavirus in the Kingdom.