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Saudi Arabia: 16,000 new hotel rooms to enter Saudi market by 2018

Its boom time for Saudi Arabia's hospitality industry with several new hotel projects coming up in its major cities Riyadh and Jeddah which will take the total number of new hotel rooms to 16,000 by 2018, said a report.

Over 50 per cent will be part of new five-star hotel developments, as international hotel brands put in place ambitious expansion plans. The number of rooms in Jeddah is expected to increase by 2,700 in 2015 alone, said a report published by JLL.

Accor Group has plans to open nearly 10 hotels by 2018, while current market leader, InterContinental Hotels Group, which has 24 hotels throughout the kingdom, has announced the opening of a further nine outlets including the world’s largest Holiday Inn in Makkah.

Saudi Arabia: Can I apply for a tourist visa to Saudi Arabia?

The volume of investment in Saudi tourism and travel market this year is estimated at SR170 billion, of which SR70 billion was generated from domestic tourism.

The tourism sector in the Kingdom has high expectations for a big boost in the market next year, after the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) approved provisions to issue tourism visas and regulate the system, in order to revive local tourism. If the proposals are finally approved, the SCTA would issue visas in coordination with the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs.

Saudi Arabia: 77,000 visitors attended King Fahd exhibition

More than 77,000 visitors attended the exhibition and conference on the life of the late King Fahd.

The event, which concluded on Saturday, was opened by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Riyadh International Exhibition and Conference Center.

The show, originally scheduled to run for two weeks, was extended for a further four days due to public demand.

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Saudi Arabia: New Zealand launches education website in Arabic

EDUCATION PUSH: New Zealand Ambassador Hamish MacMaster speaking during the launch of the education website. (AN photo)

New Zealand on Saturday opened a website and social media pages in Arabic for Saudi students who wish to pursue education in that country. 

The country offers world-class education and the “Education New Zealand” website, Facebook and Twitter pages will prove very helpful to the students,

Saudi Arabia: Arabic Language course by Saudi club in USA

The Saudi club at the Robert Morris University in the US has succeeded in introducing a two-week course on Arabic language, and Saudi scholarship students will be teaching for free.

The idea behind this is to popularize the Arabic language and culture. The efforts by the club is unique in the way that generally a scholarship program is only focused on students’ degrees.

Head of the club, Khaled Al Shamari, said the course became popular not only among