General Travel News

Saudi festivals expected to bring in high revenue

June 28 - Festivals in Saudi Arabia this summer are expected to generate SR13 billion, a two per cent increase over last year, according to Abdullah Al-Jihani, Deputy Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

Al-Jihani said there will be eight million tourist visits to festivals around the country, at a rate of seven nights in every city. There are 19 festivals and hundreds of activities being organised in the Kingdom, he said. The summer festivals will continue for three months.

At a press conference held by the SCTA on Saturday to launch the summer festivals, Al-Jihani said the commission will soon announce the distinctive travel and tourism programme.

A wide range of activities are being planned this year for the 31st Jeddah Summer Festival, which will open on July 7 with a ceremony of fireworks, traditional dances and patriotic songs. 

The five-week festival, which will end on August 11, is expected to boost domestic tourism. A total of 3.4 million people visited Jeddah during the summer of 2009, adding an estimated SR11.9 billion to the local economy, a three percent increase over 2008.

More General Travel News
Constance Halaveli Maldives offers the luxury of space in seclusion
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Readers' Choice Award
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Latest Travel News
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Re...
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in t...
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Featured Sights To See
Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery

Prague, Czech Republic

The grave of Franz Kafka is the most visited site here; turn right a row 21 then left at the wall until you come to the end of the section. Worshippers commemorate Kafka’s death on June 3rd. Address: Izraelska 1 Opening Times:  9am – 5pm Sunday to Thursday, 9am – 2pm Friday - April to October                          9am – 4pm Sunday to Thursday, 9am – 2pm Friday – November to March ...

National Theater

National Theater

Munich, Germany

Munich's opera history began in 1651 and since then has seen performances, including thoseof Verdi, Cavalli, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and Strauss. These composers make up a great share of today's programs. The Bavarian State Opera presents over 350 performances a year. Timings: Mon-Fri 10.00 -18.00, Sat 10.00 -13.00 Advance sale commences one month before the performance Tel: ...

Powder Tower

Powder Tower

Prague, Czech Republic

Standing at 65m over one of the Old Town’s original gates, this used to be an 18th century gun powder store. Address: Na prikope      Prague 1 Opening Times: 10am – 6pm May to Oct Admission Prices: adult/child 40/30 Kč                      ...

Everard Read Gallery

Everard Read Gallery

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Everard Read Gallery established almost 100 years ago is among the largest private art galleries in the world and is home to contemporary art works from several South African and international artists and specializes in wildlife paintings and sculpture.   Address: 6 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank Telephone: +27 (0)11 788 4805 Website: http://www.everardread.co.za/ Opening hours: Mo...