Last updated on December 3rd, 2018

Saudi Arabia is breaking away from the traditional barriers and thus looks forward to improving its tourism, as a means to promote its vision of 2030. The Kingdom is thus, set to offer its tourist visas specifically for people looking forward to attend sporting and music events in the coming months.

Come December, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will begin offering specific tourist visas for sporting events and concerts. The move has been majorly promoted because it sets to host the first ever Formula E Grand Prix, and the fans are already excited about grabbing the best seats in the stadium.

Saudi Arabia has taken such a decision in its lieu to promote diversification, which it lacked in the previous years. Besides, prior to this policy only business travelers, Muslim pilgrims, and those traveling with or to see their family were allowed to visit the Kingdom.

As of April, the nation began offering visas to promote tourism, and is still working in that direction to promote the industry. The Al Saud Ruling have stated their intentions and wish to open their borders to international sporting organizations and famous personalities before the event kick off on December 15.

“This is a truly game-changing moment for Saudi Arabia and one that we can share with the world,” said Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, vice-chair of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority. “It is very fitting that such a futuristic and sustainable sport as Formula E is pointing to the future direction of our country.”

The Formula E event will take place in the ancient city of Diriyah. Besides, the race also promises to be remembered for a long-long time following its location, which is a World Heritage Site. It will be performed on existing roads, which will decorate the occasion with a perfect backdrop against the ultra-futuristic Formula E cars.

The news of tourist visas comes at the same as Saudi Arabia announced plans for a new tourist location on its northwestern coast, which will have hotels, private villas, and yacht clubs, giving tourists the real luxuries of life.