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Covering Letter for Schengen Visa Application

The most frequently asked question by travelers is How to make Covering Letter for Schengen Visa Application. Preparing an eye catchy covering letter is a significant step in submitting a Schengen visa application. There are several aspects that have to be taken into consideration before writing a covering letter for Schengen Visa.

Introduction to Covering Letter for Schengen Visa

A covering letter is a document required by a consulate or embassy to issue you a visa. This letter includes every detail related to your intended travel to a particular country. However, concise and precise covering letters are easy to understand but it should also not less than a page. Schengen countries, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and other Far-East Asian countries require a covering letter and it’s a basic requirement. However, to make readers astonish UK and US consulate do not require a covering letter.

Important steps in covering letter for Schengen Visa

The following are the important steps in designing a covering letter.

The first line of a covering letter

The first is a subject of covering letter in which you are addressing the country and telling why you have written the application. “I am highly obliged to apply for a Schengen visa with the intention to travel Italy from 23rd June 2020 to 7th July 2020. “ This first line will tell your country of visit and intended dates of travel.

Purpose to travel

The starting of a covering letter will tell the consular the reason for your travel to the country. It should be in the starting lines and it must be concise and clear. The covering letter starting with the stories of how you fall in love with the country, or how you meet with your friend will not give a positive sign. However, the starting should start “The purpose of traveling is to spend vacation sol/with wife/children” OR the purpose of traveling is to meet family/friend”.

Date of Travel

Complete itineraries should be in covering letter after the introduction phase. For the first time application, the visa is granted for particular dates. So, if applying for Schengen Visa, the applicant should be very careful because it will grant visas according to the given dates. Usually, first-time applicants get no more than 12 days visa.

Cities/ Countries to visit on stay

After an introduction, the purpose of travel and traveling date main focus comes on the cities and countries to stay while traveling. The consular is now interested to know which cities and countries the applicant will cover on stay. If the person is applying from Italy or Germany the applicant will start from the port of entry. The port of entry should be the city of the country applicant is applying from. For instance, if the applicant is applying from Italian consulate he/she should start from Rome, Florence, Venice or any other tourist destination city of Italy. 

He/ she should tell the consulate which city he will prefer to enter. After that city, the applicant will continue telling the cities of Italy or any Schengen Visa member country.  

Places of interest to stay

The applicant has to focus mainly on the country from where he/she applying for a visa. If its Italian consulate the applicant has to mention “I will start my journey from the capital city Rome, the city that inspires me from the Roman Empire. The culture, food, and fashion of Italy have no comparison with any other country.”

It looks good to praise a country you want to travel tell how enthusiastic you are to travel to a particular country. Afterward, the applicant can tell the wish to see Eiffel Tower, or fulfilling his childhood dream of Disneyland. Or, to see the wonder of the world Pisa tower, OR Christmas market of Germany. Just add a famous place in the city you want to travel to.

Advice on Schengen Visa covering letter

The itinerary of the applicant must show that most of the days will be spent in the country applicant applying from. As we all know that we can change the itinerary after the visa issuance. However, the port of entry should be from the same country applicant got the visa from. Applicants can leave the country on same the after getting entry. For instance, if an applicant applying from Italy, he/she should show most of his days in Italy’s different cities.

Hotel Bookings

The name and address of hotels must be included in the covering letter. As hotel reservations are required to submit with the Schengen Visa application it is important to mention the hotel name and address in the covering letter with the traveling dates. The Hotels can be easily booked with free cancelation from

Enclosing Documents

The applicant must enter all the enclosed documents. Such as passport, visa application form, FRC, CNIC, Employment letter, salary slips, NTN certificate, bank statement, account maintenance letter, etc.

Sample Covering Letter

The following is the Covering Letter of Schengen Visa for Italian Consulate.

Keeping in mind its first time and applying with wife and children.

Date: March 16, 2020


The Visa Officer,

Italian Consulate

Karachi, Pakistan.

Sub: Applying for Italy Short Stay Visa from June 10, 2020 to June 21, 2020

Dear Sir/ Madam

I Name XYZ  s/o Father name ABC Passport no- XXXXXX is highly obliged to apply for a Schengen Short Stay Visa with an intention to travel Italy from June 10, 2020 to June 21, 2020. My purpose in traveling is to spend my summer vacation in Italy, Switzerland, & France along with my wife XYZ holding Passport no- XXXXXX and My Son ABC holding Passport no- XXXXX for good 12 Days.

I am working in XXX Limited Company (address) (Phone number) as an Audit Manager. I have been working in this company since 2015. My employer has approved my yearly vacations of which my NOC from the employer is also attached.

I would like to visit Italy for tourism purpose. My complete itinerary is given below with confirmed hotel details:

Day Date City Activities Mode of Transportation
1 June,10 Rome Arrival  to Rome Etihad Airways
2 June,11 Rome City Tour Clossium, Trevi Fountain Hip Hop Bus/Taxi
3 June,12 Rome Vatican City Hip Hop Bus/Taxi
4 June,13 Rome to Florence Arrival Tour Pisa Tower to Flexi Bus/ Euro Rail Invoice Ticket #
5 June,14 Florence Florence,  City Tour Private Tour/Taxi
6 June,15 Florence to Venice Arrival to Venice St. Marks Square Flexi Bus/ Euro Rail Invoice Ticket #
7 June,16 Venice Mestre taxi
8 June,17 Venice to Zurich Arrival to Zurich & City Tour Flexi Bus/ Euro Rail Invoice Ticket #
9 June,18 Zurich to Interlaken City Tour Tram
10 June,19 Zurich to Paris Arrival in Paris- Eiffel Tower Euro Rail Invoice Ticket no.
11 June,20 Paris Disney Land Paris Private
12 June,21 Paris Departure to Airport Etihad Airways
I am enclosing all required documents for Schengen Visa required by embassy including

Original Passport & Previous Passports

C.N.I.C Copy

Kids B-form Copy

Children Educational ID

4 Photographs

Last 6 Months Bank Statements

Account Maintenance Certificate

Covering Letter of Company

Leaves NOC from Company

Visiting Card

Personal N.T.N copy or Company & last three years return file

Family Registration Certificate (FRC)

Marriage certificate English / Nadra

Applicant Email Address & phone number Res/cell

Three Month Salary Slip

Hotel Bookings confirm

Air ticket reserved

Medical Insurance

I would certainly be grateful if you kindly grant us a Visit Visa so we can proceed our journey. If you have any question or concern regarding my case please feel free to contact me at any time on ( phone number) (Email Id)

Thanking you


Audit Manager

XXX Limited Company

Sample Covering Letter for Schengen Visa

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Gharial Camp: A hidden winter wonderland in Pakistan

Pakistan has become world’s third potential adventure country in the year 2020. Gharial Camp in Pakistan is a hidden winter wonderland and a relaxing, chilly in summers. The hill station is around 65 km from capital city Islamabad and 6.8 km from Murree. The hill station is safe and secure at an elevation of 6,712 ft. The area is under army protection and most of the resorts are of army personnel. Tourist in Gharial Camp Pakistan feels safe and enjoys their trip away from the overcrowded Murree. Gharial Camp in Pakistan is mostly visited in summers or winter vacations.

Roads and Infrastructure of Gharial Camp

Gharial Camp is well built area with excellent road conditions. The area is easily accessible from Islamabad airport. It would take around 1.5 hour to reach destination from Islamabad airport. Even in extreme weather conditions one can easily reach to the destination. However, you can find some road blockage in heavy snowfall. But government has provided heavy machinery to remove snow from the road. There are several precautions made for visitors. They take all possible measures to clear road in snow and rain.

Gharial Camp
Main Khaqan Abbasi Road- Gharial Camp

Resorts in Gharial Camp

Gharial Camp has only 3 and 4-star resorts. The area has all new property with complete facilities. There are various resorts in the vicinity. All resorts have Mountain View. The resorts are situated near the road so commuting from the area is easy. The resorts are built on beautiful landscapes.

Resort in gharial camp
Resort in Gharial Camp

These resorts are family oriented and provide all facilities to their guests. All these resorts are situated in area of 1km via Khaqan Abbasi Road. This road is connected to Murree road so that visitors have access to other neighborhoods. There are other mountain areas of Pakistan. However, due to17 lack of infrastructure people cannot visit them. Due to heavy snowfall northern areas are difficult to access. But Gharial Camp have complete infrastructure in summers as well as winters. The government and army have provided every possible facility to this area.

Playground in a resort

The resorts are equipped with centralized heating for guests visiting in winter. Each washroom has electronic warm equipment for hot water. The resorts are equipped with generators in case of power breakout.

Resort at Khaqan Abbasi Road Gharial Camp

Names and Contacts of Resorts

Following are the few finest resorts of Gharial camp that can be booked for your vacation.

1. Punjab huts resorts (+92 51 3752177)

2. Lipa Huts (+92 322 2760234)

3. Chinar Huts (+92 51 3752135)

4. FWO staging post resort (+92 51 3411084)

5. The Grand Gharial (+92 312 9997307)

Punjab Huts
Punjab Huts Resorts, Gharial Camp-Khaqan Abbasi rd.

Price per night at Gharial Camp

Although, the price factor fluctuate on season and off season but the average rate of resorts in this area are Rs.7,000 to Rs.10,000. Most of these resorts offer a good complimentary breakfast to their guests. This is a nominal charge for any 3 star to 4 star resorts. To book the resort contact on given numbers as mostly resorts are not available online. Most of the resorts ask guests to pay 50% of their price before coming to the booking date. There are several ways of transferring money within Pakistan. The on-season is June, July & August and December & January. You are advised to ask everything regarding facilities by calling above given numbers.

How to pay

1. Bank deposit, most of the resort owners share their bank details with the guest on phone and ask them to deposit amount in their bank and share deposit slip via whatsapp or email.

2. Electronic funds transfer, the other way for sending amount in through web application of your mobile banking.

3. Easy paisa, Jazz cash and other ways of transferring.

Gharial camp hidden wonderland of Pakistan
Gharial Camp

Facilities at Gharial Camp

The resorts are operated under army administration. The environment is clean and better than most of the places nearby. The facilities in the area are incredible. Road conditions are finest are does not require SUV or 4×4 to reach area. There are number of newly build resorts that wait to welcome their guests. This area has been hidden and do not have much number of tourists. However, because of social media the place is getting popular.

There are rental car options at resorts and visitors can hire a car with driver at a minimum rate. The area is beautifully designed and gives vibes of Europe especially in winters. There are restaurants in Gharial camp. Each resort has their own restaurant and chefs with reasonable menu and food.  Most of the people go to Murree for dinner and then come back to their resort.

Chinar Huts- Gharial Camp- Khaqan Abbasi Rd.

Weather of Gharial Camp

From November to March the winter is extreme in the area. There are high chances of snowfall in the month of Dec & Jan. Pakistan has a winter wonderland and one has not to travel to Europe to witness snowfall. From April to October the weather is moderate. However, in summers it’s a wonderful escape. The following temperatures are on average base; however there is always error of +2/-2 in these temperatures..

6° / -3°
6° / -1°
12° / 4°
16° / 8°
29° / 18°
30° / 19°
31° / 20°
30° / 20°
29° / 19°
20° / 11°
13° / 4°
9° / 0°

Nearby Attractions in Gharial Camp

There are various places nearby if you stay at Gharial Camp. There are several cars and drivers in the area which take you for an excursion. One must enjoy every sight and see in the area. The area also has a hiking facility. There are many tourist spots near this area.

Nathia Gali

Nathia Gali is the most beautiful and scenic hill station in the Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It has high lush green mountains. It is 38km and 1hr&25mins drive from Gharial Camp. It’s 7,906 ft above sea level.


Ayubia is 1 hr and 26km away from Gharial Camp. The Ayubia hill station also falls in the Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The area is 8000 feet above sea level. Visitors can witness all around the snow in winters. It is also famous for the chairlift. People do not stay there in winter as the temperature can be -10 degrees.


Murree is the nearest and most crowded hill station. It is easily accessible to people. There are several hotels from no star to 3-star. People enjoy roadside food and shopping here. However, most people say that due to heavy commercial activity the town has lost its peace and beauty. It is just 18mins away from Gharial Camp.


Bhurban is 9 km from Murree and famous for its five-star hotel. Pearl continental hotel is a chain of five-star ventures that has set up a beautiful architecture hotel for tourists. However, it is one of the most expensive hotels in the northern area of Pakistan.


This hill station is built many years after the Murree. However, due to its closeness of the vicinity, it’s called New Murree. It is 7,500 feet above sea level. It is also famous for its chair lift attraction. The chair lift takes to the highest level of the hill. People enjoy densely forest including monkey, leopards, and other fascinating birds. Patriata is 33mins and 15.3km from Gharial camp.

Khaira Gali

It is the most beautiful town in Galyat. The hill station is 7,700 feet above sea level. However, the area is remote from Gharial Camp. The town is linked to Abbottabad 71 km road from Nathia Gali. The town is remote and could be cut off during extreme snowfall.

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How Traveling cure, and heal black magic

Traveling has not only been done for leisure and business purpose. Since the early ages traveling can cure and heal black magic. There are various, ancient Chinese, Hindus, and Greek mythologies about how priests advised victims of Black Magic to travel to another place. However, in our contemporary world, black magic, demons, and evil spirits are classified into paranormal activity or parapsychology.

Most people do not believe in black magic, but it is a true fact of our society that these elements exist. It can create many problems in our daily life. It can make us fall into diseases with unknown causes. Black magic has taken lives of many people. The world of evil spirits is menacing and intriguing which could not be ignored.

Cross the sea, a cure and heal of black magic

The most effective way to cure and treat black magic in ancient mythologies and many religions is to send the possessed person across the seas. Most of the evil energies could not survive or squander their potential energy in oceans and seas. Some people have reported that evil spirits in their houses make them infertile however, when they travel to another place it worked for them. The power of black magic and evil spirits are constrained to precise places.

Types of spirits

there are two types of spirits good and evil. When an evil spirit enters the body of the person he/she becomes possessed. This possession needs special healing and treatment from priests. However, most of the people are advised to travel across the sea. Because, if a possessed person travels from the sea the power of spirit diminishes significantly. By the time he/she crossed the sea, there are high chances that spirit will leave the body of the person.

Black Magic cannot cross water (Migration)

When uncertainty increases to an extreme level, things started to go wrong, unexpected problems circling, it means supernatural things have started. One must distance itself from the center. A person should plan to travel as soon as things started to negatively change in life. Traveling will slow down the impact of black magic and the spell will not work. Black Magic cannot cross water simply an idiom which means to get far away from the city where evil spirits and magic attacked. It is important to get away from evil energies. The best way is to migrate to another country especially crossing the sea. It has worked for many people for many years.

Traveling and distancing from the place of Magic

A person, contacts with four elements fire, air, water, and the earth when it travels froms one place to another. Passing from different places give positive energies around. This positive power and energy change the impact of black magic on a person. The evil energies cannot survive when a person travels and passes by the energy of opposite elements. Whenever detect intrusion it is important to travel from that place.

There are several places around the world that are haunted, people living in those places either left the place because an incident or some cleric advice them to do so. Similarly, when black magic attacks any person or family they have to leave that place. Negative powers and evil spirits have several restrictions there power can’t remain the same to every place. So, once the victim of black magic left the city or country there are chances the magic will cure.

However, if the magic is done on the body part of the person for instance hair or skin then it becomes difficult to treat with traveling. Because now it will travel with the person and it has to get other measures for healing.

Magic in different religions and traveling

Magic is mentioned in all religions and their sacred books. Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrian all believed in an evil spirit, black magic, possessions, and demons. There are many prophets who traveled for prosperity when they faced mysterious things around them. Migration is a strategy of several prophets to distance themselves from evil. Every religion has taught many ways through sacred books to heal and treat black magic. It is to be believed that traveling and crossing sea was one of the significant measures taken for the treatment. 

Traveling to sacred places for cure of black magic

People around the world travel to sacred places to get relief from negativity, black magic, and evil spirits. There are many holy shrines that help possessed to get a cure.

Jerusalem, Makkah, Mahabodhi temple India, Mount Sinai Egypt, and Lourdes France are the most famous sacred places on earth. Tourists visit these places with an intention to get free from black magic, evil spirit, and other negative powers.

These all places have positive energy along with high spirituality visiting these places will positively affect people. Traveling for the treatment of black magic to these places has been very common among the entire religious group. Most of the clerics and pious persons cure and heal black magic on sacred places because; negative energy could not survive in these places.

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Emerging tourism of Azerbaijan and it’s attractions

The reason of emerging tourism of Azerbaijan is that in 2016, the culture and tourism department of Azerbaijan introduces e-visa for tourists. The country got famous among tourists around the world soon after the decision. It was not easy to visit the country before the new visa policy. The writer himself  twice visited the country.

Azerbaijan lies between Asia and Europe hence it is enriched with both the cultures. The country has a strong history, archaeologists has found some signs and sights which take backs it’s history to human inception. The country’s capital and largest city Baku is on the Caspian Sea. The northern area of the country lies in Caucasus mountain region. The country is super clean, developed and resides a warm welcoming nation.

Baku capital city of Azerbaijan

Baku is the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan and the most visited city by tourists. It is situated on the Caspian Sea and has some good beaches. The city is famous for its building and architecture. Azerbaijani food is delicious and has no comparison with any other country in the region. Baku has all the vibes of Paris, the architecture of its buildings, style of roads and streets all are similar to Paris.

Emerging tourism in Baku (Azerbaijan)

Things to do

There are numerous places and activities to do in Baku. However, 5 to 6 nights are more than enough to explore the whole city.

Nizami Street

However, the area is referred to as the street, but it is a huge commercial and residential area. Most tourists stay at Nizami Street, as it’s the most happening area of the city. There are several hotels from 1 star to 5 star, numerous restaurants, and entertainment. Restaurants include international fast-food chains and traditional food outlets. One should not miss Taksim Kebab when visiting Baku’s Nizami Street. The fountain square is famous at Nizami Street and most of the tourist attractions are nearby. There are nigh clubs, hookah bars, a variety of shops, restaurants, and malls. The area closes at 3.00 am and hustle-bustle starts in the morning. This area has everything to offer that a tourist wants.

Nizami Street
The Nizami Street Baku

Old City Baku (İçərişəhər)

It is recognized as the world’s heritage site by UNESCO; the area is walled and excellently preserved. There are hotels, shops, and restaurants. There are some cultures and traditional Azerbaijani clothing, jewelry, lamps, and carpet shops in the old city that should not be missed by any tourists. Souvenirs are also for sale in the old city area. The old city area can be accessible by a walk through Nizami Street. There are traditional honey shops that are registered and recognized. The area looks like old towns in Europe.

old city baku  emerging tourism Azerbaijan
Old City Baku

Baku Boulevard

Baku Boulevard is a Cornish area at the Caspian Sea. There is a lush green garden having small cafes where one can sit and relax the seashore. Baku Boulevard has Baku eye, the Ferris wheel from which you can enjoy whole scenery. The area also has a mini Venice where you can enjoy a gondola ride. Baku boulevard mall is also at some distance. There are several rides for children. It is a must-visit area in Baku. 3 million tourists visit Azerbaijan in 2019.

Baku Boulevard
Baku Boulevard

Upland Park

This park has lots of stairs; it is difficult for elderly people to reach. However, once you reach you will find a beautiful aerial view of the city Baku.

upland dagastu park emerging tourism Azerbaijan
Aerial view of Baku from upland park

Malls in Baku

There are some malls in Baku, the most famous ones visited by tourists are Ganjlik Mall and Metro Park Mall both have local brands, food court, and play area for children.

Ateshgah (temple of fire)

A short distance from Baku has a mysterious place Ateshgah burning temple which was a religious place for Zoroaster. There are burning mountains that keep on burning. It’s now a tourist spot.

Heydar Aliyev Center

The beautiful piece of architectural building Heydar Aliyev Center was designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid. It’s a museum and historical center on Azerbaijan. The area also consists of I Love Baku sign which is also famous among tourists.

 Heydar Aliyev Center I love Baku emerging tourism Azerbaijan
Heydar Aliyev Center I love Baku

Emerging tourism Shahdag (Azerbaijan)

Shahdag is 183 km (114 mi) from Baku. It is a beautiful hill station and has a winter wonderland ski resort. Mostly visited in winters for ski, tourists can also experience snowfall. There are two five star hotels which welcome their guest. Hotels are economical as compare to Europe. The hill station has all the facilities and could accommodate luxury and leisure travelers. On the way to Shahdag there is a city of Quba which is also beautiful. Tourists can take a small tour while passing by because the city is from the 11th century and the name was also given by European geographers. The city has five-star hotel named Quba Palace Hotel.

Shahdag Ski REsort emerging tourism Azerbaijan
Shahdag Ski Resort

Emerging Tourism Gabala (Qabala)

Another hill station in Azerbaijan mostly visited after Baku. It is 216km (134mi) from Baku. It has the most beautiful lake Nohur. Tourist also visits seven beauty waterfall which is near Nohur Lake. Gabala has Tufandag ski resort and chair lift. The city also experiences snowfall in winter and turns into a winter wonderland. There is a small city of Shamakhi on the way to Gabala. It is rich in culture and history and also has a beautiful resort Shamakhi palace shardil.

A Resort in Gabala
A Resort in Gabala

Emerging tourism Sheki

Sheki is not a much-visited city by tourists however it has a beautiful old palace with indigenous glass art, it was a route between Asia and Europe. UNESCO has recognized it as a world heritage site. It is an exceptional place for a peaceful evening with locally made backlawa. It is the most picturesque towns in the country.

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Dubai Expo 2020: What to expect

On November 27, 2013, The Bureau International des Exposition general assembly awarded world Expo 2020 to Dubai. Starting from 20th October 2020, Dubai will host the world’s biggest Expo for 173 days. The Dubai Expo 2020 will be beyond expectations. However, the common man is still confused this article will make it easy to understand Expo 2020. It will be the biggest event held in the Middle East to date.

What to expect in Dubai Expo 2020

There will be 192 countries participating in the event. Each country’s place will be called the Pavilion. It’s going to be open for more than 15 hours 7 days a week. There will be around 200 plus restaurants serving from different parts of the world. Every day visitors will witness approximately 60 live shows. The aim of world Expo 2020 is to build mind connectivity, creating future, sustainability and creating opportunities.

The world under one roof in Dubai Expo 2020

192 countries around the world are going to exhibit in their pavilion, however, it will not be possible to visit all of them in a single day. Every pavilion will have opportunities for interested people.

Investment opportunities

You will have a fair idea about what a country has to offer. Discovering new places that you have never thought of would motivate the investor to invest in terms of property, industry, import or export. Many countries will offer their nationalities and citizenship if the investor buys the property or invest a particular amount in governments bonds.

Experiencing the future

There will be lots of innovations and future tech ideas that will astonish visitors. Around the world, there innovative ideas and planning will execute in Expo 2020. It will be a unique experience for visitors to enjoy the true future. 5G connectivity, hyper loops traveling, 3d printing and building art will be among the future techs exhibition.

World-class architecture

Different and unique architecture will be displayed by famous architectures. The pavilions themselves will the state of art. Each pavilion will be designed uniquely and fascinatingly. These designs are never used before.

Flavors of the world

Your taste buds will witness different spices, recipes, and traditional dishes from around the world. This will be one of kind experience. We are expecting to see 200 restaurants and the most famous chefs who will serve visitors. These chefs and restaurants will be famous in their respective countries which will be presented under one roof.

Live events and performances

World’s biggest performances will last for 173 days in Expo 2020. Around 60 daily live performances from around the world will entertain visitors. Singers, performers, artists, speakers, and unique content creators in different pavilions will show their performances.

Tickets Dubai Expo 2020

Tickets will be available online and could be purchased at Expo 2020. There will be different options to buy passes.

One day pass

Adult (18-64) = AED 120

Youth (6-17) = AED 60

Student         =AED 60
Senior (+65) FREE

Child(5 and below)  FREE

Person of determination FREE *proof required  

Three days pass

Adult (18-64) = AED 260

Youth (6-17) = AED 130

Student         =AED 130
Senior (+65) FREE

Child (5 and below)  FREE

Person of determination FREE *proof required  

Monthly Pass (unlimited entries for 30 days)

Adult (18-64) = AED 350

Youth (6-17) = AED 175

Student         =AED 175
Senior (+65)             FREE

Child (5 and below) FREE

Person of determination FREE *proof required  

Season Pass ( for whole 6 months 173 days)

Adult (18-64) = AED 595

Youth (6-17) = AED 297

Student         =AED 297
Senior (+65)              FREE

Child (5 and below) FREE

Person of determination FREE *proof required  

Expo 2020 Timings

Week days: Sat to Wed: 10:00–01:00

Weekend:   Thu & Fri: 10:00–02:00

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Things to do in Saudi Arabia and new visa Policy

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

Al Shallal theme park
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

Atallah Happy Land Park
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

Jungle village jeddah
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

Movenpick Resort Al Nawras Jeddah
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.

7. Malls

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.

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6 Most Effective Ways on how to Overcome Fear of Flying

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Fear of flying is for real, and there are thousands of passengers who travel with this phobia. A normal looking happy person waiting in the airport lobby will not be the same once the announcement is made to board the aircraft. As a result anxiety, panic and negative thoughts will capture their mind. Thousands of questions will pop-up and it could lead to major discomfort. All this can be easily told because the writer himself is the victim of flight fear. However, I have tried my best to overcome the fear of flying.

1. Research to overcome fear of flying

Days before your departure date, it is highly necessary to do extensive research about your airline and aircraft. It is very significant to understand that air transport is the safest mode of transportation. By researching you will come to know that you more probability to die in a car crash than an air crash.

Through the passage of time, our air transport has become the safest way to travel. There are around 100,000 commercial flights around the globe. Boeing and Airbus try each and every aircraft before delivering to any airline.

When the aircraft is ready they went through every possible weather condition artificially. When it clears the entire weather test it goes for other technical issues. Basically, they are more concerned because they have whole responsibility and they are accountable for any disaster.

2.Downloading Media

The most effective way to distract yourself is to listen to your favorite music and watch a movie or series because, when your favorite things are around you easily get comforted. It is highly advisable for a traveler to download loads of stuff on your laptop, cell phone, iPod, and tabs however, this way you will be able to entertain your mind and distract yourself from fear.

3.Think About Destination

Thinking about the destination will motivate traveling. If it’s a leisure journey think about the weather, mountains, beaches, shopping, food, and nightlife. Give yourself meditation by thinking about what will you be getting once you arrive at your destination.

4.Thinking of loved one to overcome fear of flying

If you are traveling to see your family, think about how happy you will be when you will arrive think about your loved ones waiting for you, and what if you will not take the flight it will not be possible for you to meet them.

5.Pilot & Crew Profession

After boarding the aircraft just look around you crew and pilot are one who travels daily and sometimes twice or thrice. Once you think about your life just think about how they work and how happy are they working in this field. There are millions of people around the world who have the dream of becoming a pilot, steward, or air hostess. Pilots are not just trained to fly, but they also have intensive training on the weather. They know what they are going to face while traveling. Just think that pilots love their lives too.


Most people got panic when the flight gets turbulence, however, turbulence is very normal and you will see no sign of stress or worry on the crew. Most of the time crew are on service when the aircraft face any turbulence. It is very important to know that the sky is no different than roads and sea. As our roads get speed breakers and bumps similarly seas get high and low tides, our sky is also the same. There are ups and downs in the sky also and aircraft are well aware and well capable of handling it.

Before departure when you are arriving on the airport just close your eyes in the car and feel that you are in the airline, you will feel bumps, ups, downs, steeps similarly when your flight is ready just close your eyes and think that it is a car and trust me you will feel no difference.

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Hotels Near Me (Booking Hotel)


“Hotels near me” Booking hotel is first thing that comes to mind when planning for vacations. Social media has played vital role in boosting  tourism industry. That’s the reason our society is now habitual of posting everything on social media. Dining out, partying, travelling, even going to religious rituals all are incomplete without posting it to a social media forum.

To explore and relax on vacation has become secondary object of travelling and to share and get likes on social media is primary. So, how can we just satisfy our primary object of travelling in limited budget.
When traveler arrives to a destination there are two things that one can enjoy.
1. Booking Hotel: environment and its amenities
2. Hotel near me: Sightseeing of the city

Category of Hotels Near Me

Whenever you decide to travel, the first night should be in a 5 star hotel or resort. The first night in the 5 star hotels should be enjoyed inside the hotel without exploring any outside sight seen. No malls, no street food, no excursions, and no shopping just dedicate this night in your 5 star rooms. Enjoy all the amenities e.g. gym, swimming pool, infinity pools, sauna bath, Jacuzzi, and other recreational activity from hotel. Click loads of snaps, make videos, create blogs and post all this on social media. This will satisfy your social media needs.

After enjoying and relaxing your night in 5 star hotels now it’s time to leave the hotel. The next step is to check in your budget hotel. Now it’s time for you to spend most of the time out in the city. Now its advisable for exploring and walking around, spending time in malls, eating street food, making full of your time in the city. When tired all day long just come to budgeted hotel to sleep.

It’s always wise booking a 5 star hotel rooms anywhere for the first night. Rest of your stay should be in budget hotel. However, it does not always work because there are many cities which does not have budgeted hotels so all you need is to take just one hotel at a time.

Types of Traveler in Booking Hotel

There are mostly two types of leisure travelers. Luxury travelers who want everything best and could not bear any sort of discomfort. Luxury travelers may get vacations anally or biannually. In these short stays they just want relaxation and comfort.
On the other hand are backpackers who like adventures and do not waste money in luxury.
Nomadic people in travelling are those who want to travel more and more but spend less. These people choose hostels and 1 star accommodations because travel is their passion and they want to do it whole year. These people are only committed to travelling and don’t care about any glitter. Their passion is just travelling.

The traveler must identify the need of travelling before booking the hotel. If the person is going on vacations after 2 to 3 years its highly advisable for them to go for at least 3 star hotel. It means that person is not a frequent traveler and it’s advisable to keep it comfortable rather making it hectic by booking a budgeted hotel.  If a person travels few times in a year, they should not waste money on hotels and make wise decision by booking budgeted.

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