Saudi Arabia would be offering an electronic visitor visa for the international visitors for attending sports events and concerts from the month of December.
Presently, the foreign travellers visiting to the Kingdom are majorly restricted to resident workers and their family members or in other dependents, business travellers and Muslim pilgrims travelling to the holy land to perform the religious obligation of Hajj or Umrah.
Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is searching for creating new industries to prevent the Kingdom from just depending on oil exports. The economic reforms of Saudi Arabia are aiming to lift the total tourism spending in the nation by the local citizens as well as the international travellers to $46.6 billion in the year 2020 from $27.9 billion in the year 2015.
The visa process called “Sharek” would be introduced for the first time for a motor race on the 15th of December, as per a statement released by the General Sports Authority (GSA). No other related details or whatsoever were provided.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal—the Vice Chair of the GSA said that they hope that the Saudia Diriyah E Prix would see fans from across the globe to come to the Kingdom for watching this iconic sporting show as the granted visa would be the ticket for the event.
Previously, Saudi Arabia announced its new visa policy for all the Umrah pilgrims which includes both Pakistan and Indian nationals, so they could travel throughout the Kingdom with their thirty-day Umrah visa.
As per the new visa policy, the pilgrims must atleast spend fifteen days in Makkah and Madinah during their thirty days Umrah stay and then could travel to other cities of the Middle Eastern nation, as informed by the Undersecretary of Hajj Ministry for Umrah Affairs—Abdulaziz Wazzan.