This article focuses on the new visa policy of Saudi Arabia. It has also summarized things to do in Jeddah, Riyad, Taif and Abha which are the most visited places in the country.
The powerful and biggest country of Middle East; Saudi Arabia is solely depends on oil-exporting and religious tourism. It produces around 12 million barrels of oil every day that is around 15% of the world’s consumption.
Recently, Crown Prince his highness Muhammad bin Salman has focused significantly on country’s tourism. He has planned to open several entertainment ventures for foreigners. He has also given relief in visa and has given visas on arrival to several countries.
In December 2013, Saudi Arabia started the facility of tourist visas, before that only business and religious visas were given and it does not focus on tourism.
Saudi Arabia visa Requirements for different countries
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman & Uae and exempt and does not require any sort of visa. In September 2019, Saudi Arabia started giving visa on arrival or e-visa for the first time to 51 countries.
|All European Union citizens Andorra Australia Brunei|
Hong Kong Malaysia
South Korea Liechtenstein
Macau Monaco Montenegro New Zealand
San Marino Singapore Switzerland Ukraine
United Kingdom United States
Countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and others can avail Visa on arrival on these basis
1.If they have valid and multiple visa of UK, USA, or Schengen.
2.The passenger must have availed their valid multiple visa for atleast one time
3.There must be entry stamp on their passport
4.Applicant should carry international credit cards. One should carry atleast 2 as safety because they will not accept the visa on arrival fee by cash.
5.If all above requirements are filled visa on arrival could be availed on any airport of Saudi Arabia.
Things to do in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
Although, Jeddah is not the capital city of Saudi Arabia but it is the most happening city.
1. Al Shallal Theme Park
It is the most visited theme park in Jeddah; there are boat rides, skating rinks, bowling, and other arcade game activities for children. Food stalls and two well-established restaurants are also present to satisfy hunger Al Shallal is located on Cornish road near the sea.
2. Atallah Happy Land Park
This park has 6D adventures, and 100’s of other rides for children which includes ice skating and rock climbing. It is also the largest park in Jeddah.
3. Mersal Village
It is a jungle theme park for adults and kids. The park is the most recent addition to the entertainment industry of Jeddah. It’s called jungle theme because there are live wild animal shows.
4. Movenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah
A five-star resort in Jeddah that will leave you stunned because, this resort will give you Maldives vibes. There are several indoor and outdoor activities for children and adults. Red seas facing villas with private pools are relaxing and good for a weekend gateway.
5. Silver Sands Beach,
A paid white sand and turquoise blue beach waits for visitors on the red sea. The beach has $40, entrance fees which include beach facilities. There are several water sports on the beach. A small café is also presented for snacks and drinks. The beach has facilities of a washroom, changing room, sunbath, and beach chairs.
6. King Fahad Fountain
It is also called the world’s highest fountain situated at Cornish.
Mall of Arabia and Red Sea Mall are must go for sovereign shopping. These malls have high brand shopping. There are cineplex and food courts with multiple international food chains.
Things to do in Riyadh (Capital city Saudi Arabia)
Riyadh is the capital and economic hub city of Saudi Arabia.
1. Malls in Riyadh
Similarly to Dubai, there are various malls in Riyadh and each has its unique style. Al Nakheel mall is famous for its modern and classy ambiance. Kingdom Center Tower is famous for its sky-high views. These malls are the most visited in Riyadh.
2. Al Bujairi Heritage Park
The park is traditional with old heritage. There are coffee shops and rides for children.
3. King Abdullah Park
The park is a place to see the dancing fountain. It has a good and relaxing environment. Families visit in the evening and stroll around.
4. Riyadh Zoo
Riyad zoo is a very old and good source of entertainment for kids.
5. Wadi Hanifa
It’s a deserted valley, in old Riyadh. Families visit for enjoyment and fun. The scenery in the valley is magnificent.
Things to do in Abha (Hill Station Saudi Arabia)
Abha is a hill station in Saudi Arabia it is 7,450 feet (2,270 meters) above sea level. Abha also witnesses snowfall in winters. Abha lake dam and chair lift is the main attraction of the city. Being a deserted and oil-producing country Abha is a good weekend break for Saudis.
Things to do in Taif (Saudi Arabia)
A City 100 kilometer from Makkah is 1800 meters above sea level. It is historical and significant. 3000 years ago Yemenis used the roads of Taif. It is cool and pleasant in summers and the Saudis visit for relaxation. There is a cable car service at Al-Kurr Water Park which takes to the top of Al Hada Mountain which has beautiful scenery of the valley. There are restaurants and hotels for visitors.