Over $270 million generated during Riyadh Season

Riyadh Season was an “exceptional success.” (GEA)
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Updated 19 December 2019

Over $270 million generated during Riyadh Season

  • 10.3 million visitors to the capital for the festival

RIYADH: The Riyadh Season of events has generated more than SR1 billion ($270 million) for the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA), its chairman has revealed.

Turki Al Sheikh said the figure represented initial income from the season, while indirect revenues over the festival period made via the Saudi payments system, Mada, exceeded SR4 billion.

He added that Riyadh Season had attracted 10.3 million visitors to the capital and its surrounding area and had given rise to 34,700 jobs along with 17,300 indirect posts.

Al Sheikh noted that following the “exceptional success” of Riyadh Season, the challenge would be to match it again in the upcoming Sharqiah and Jeddah seasons. 

Riyadh Season is one of 11 Saudi Seasons that aim to promote Saudi Arabia as a tourism hub, as well as enhance the quality of life for the people of the Kingdom. It began on Oct. 11, 2019 with a concert by K-Pop superstars BTS at King Fahd International Stadium. 


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Updated 21 September 2020

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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.