Cruise ships on course for Red Sea tourist treasure

The Farasan Islands on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coast are a popular tourist destination. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Updated 28 July 2020

Cruise ships on course for Red Sea tourist treasure

  • Cruise ships launched as part of Break Free domestic tourism campaign – June 25 to Sept. 30 – covering 10 tourist destinations around Saudi Arabia
  • The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) launched the initiative as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to highlight the Red Sea’s tourist treasures

JEDDAH: Cruise ships were launched in the Red Sea as part of the “Break Free” domestic tourism campaign being held from June 25 to Sept. 30, and covering 10 tourist destinations around Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) launched the initiative as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to highlight the Red Sea’s tourist treasures.
Cruise ships will offer an array of options and packages.
Stringent protocols to safeguard passengers’ health have been put in place by the STA together with the Ministry of Health and tour operators.
The STA is behind Visit Saudi, the official brand for the promotion and revitalization of tourism in the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

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Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

  • The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus
  • Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders

DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported.
The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus by relieving them off payments amounting to over $151.9 million, the report added.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders.
“I extend my sincere gratitude for the Custodian of the Holy Mosques for issuing the generous approval to exempt investors with municipalities by 25% of the rent of municipal real estate this year to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which contributes to creating an attractive investment environment with the municipalities,” he tweeted.

Saudi Arabia announced a further drop of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number of total infections grew by 403 to 317,005.