Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the Minister of Hajj & Umrah, visited Pakistan in August 2023. At the Marriott Hotel in Karachi, an MOU was signed between NUSUK and Al.Khair, as the official strategic partner for promoting tourism and pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. NUSUK is the world’s first platform for planning, booking, and experiencing Hajj and Umrah journeys to Makkah, Madina, and more, streamlining the entire process from e-Visa applications to hotel and flight bookings.
A proud moment for Al.Khair to sign MOU with NUSUK- Saudi, whilst creating an endless tourist initiative for future trends in the Saudi tourism industry for Pakistani tourists. It involves leveraging the country’s unique cultural, historical, and natural assets while also keeping an eye on global tourism trends. It mainly focusses on sustainable practices to protect Saudi Arabia’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Implement eco-friendly policies, promote responsible tourism, and invest in green infrastructure. It also aims tohighlight Saudi Arabia’s rich history and culture and thereby develop immersive experiences, such as cultural festivals, traditional craft workshops, and heritage tours.
Nevertheless, the tourism department is also looking forward to embrace adventure tourism by promoting activities like desert safaris, rock climbing, hiking, and diving in the Red Sea. Also, establish world-class adventure facilities and training centers to attract high-end tourists by developing luxury resorts and spas in picturesque locations. It aims to offer exclusive experiences like private tours, gourmet dining, and personalized services. Saudi Arabia has extensive coastline and is enhancing development for modern ports and looking forward to offer cruise packages with stops at key attractions. Besides nature and tourist attractions it also aims to develop world-class medical facilities and wellness centers to attract medical tourists seeking treatments, surgeries, and wellness programs.
With its global presence, Saudi govt is investing in state-of-the-art convention centers and event infrastructure to attract international conferences, exhibitions, and events to boost business tourism in the country. The govt also plans to foster cultural exchange by inviting artists, scholars, and performers from around the world. It would extend support to promote art exhibitions, music festivals, and theatrical performances in the long run.
To boost tourism and make it easy for travelers to move around the country, the govt is highly invested toimprove transportation infrastructure, including airports, roads, and public transportation, to facilitate easy access to tourist destinations. Also, simplifying visa procedures and offer visa-on-arrival or e-visa options to encourage more tourists to visit Saudi Arabia. The government ensures the safety of tourists through effective security measures and well-trained personnel by establishing a 24/7 tourist helpline and support services. Furthermore, different training programs for tour guides, hospitality staff, and other tourism-related professions are conducted to ensure a high standard of service, along with a feedback mechanism to continuously improve the tourism experience based on visitor input.
Places to visit in Saudia:
Millions of Pilgrims head towards Makkah and Medina for Umrah and Ziarat. Besides Umrah, Saudi Arabia is a vast and culturally diverse nation steeped in history, offers a multitude of unique attractions. Here’s a selection of must-visit destinations within the country where pilgrims can visit along their Umrah Journey.
Riyadh: The capital city boasts a striking blend of modern skyscrapers, historical landmarks, and cultural treasures. Don’t miss the National Museum and the iconic Masmak Fortress.
Medina: Another pivotal Islamic city, Medina is home to the revered Prophet’s Mosque, a significant pilgrimage destination for Muslims.
Jeddah: This coastal gem features a historic district, the captivating Jeddah Corniche, and the towering King Fahd Fountain, one of the world’s tallest.
Al Khobar: Nestled in the Eastern Province, Al Khobar is celebrated for its picturesque corniche along the Persian Gulf and serves as a bustling hub of commerce.
Abha: This mountainous retreat in the Asir Province is renowned for its temperate climate, breathtaking landscapes, and the captivating Asir National Park.
Najran: Located in the southern reaches of Saudi Arabia, Najran’s rich history includes archaeological sites and a distinctive mud-brick fort.
Taif: Found in the mountains, Taif is famous for its cool climate and exquisite gardens, making it a favored summer destination.
Riyadh’s Edge: A short journey from Riyadh, the Edge of the World showcases a striking geological formation and desert vistas.
Al Ula: Home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Madain Saleh, Al Ula features incredible rock formations and ancient ruins.
Dammam: Another city in the Eastern Province, Dammam provides access to the beautiful beaches and islands of the Arabian Gulf.
Jubail: Known for its industrial significance, Jubail also offers pleasant parks and inviting beaches.
Riyadh Zoo: A delightful family destination featuring a diverse range of animals and engaging activities.
Farasan Islands: This cluster of islands in the Red Sea is famed for its stunning coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and a variety of water-based activities.
Hail: Nestled in the north, Hail’s historical and cultural prominence is complemented by its breathtaking desert landscapes.
Diriyah: As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Diriyah stands as an ancient city with remarkably preserved mud-brick architecture and profound historical significance.
From culture and heritage sun and sea, history and adventure, pilgrimage and much more. Saudia Arabia offers much awaited travel experiences in the region.
So if you are planning a pilgrimage to Saudia Arabia and alongside looking forward for a holiday break for your family or with friends, Book an exceptional trip to Saudia and let us plan a trip to remember with AL.Khair