No country in the world is as misunderstood as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And yet, perhaps no other country is as worthy of a visit. Many imagine nothing more than a harsh desert, but in reality Saudi Arabia contains areas of beautiful oases and dramatic mountaintops, beaches, and rivers. The sands themselves are wondrous, especially the Empty Quarter, a beautiful expanse of undulating dunes unlike anywhere in the world. In addition to its natural beauty, Saudi Arabia is a country rich in culture and heritage.
In the west of the country you’ll find vast stretches of the beautiful and untamed Red Sea coast. The south-western mountain towns such as Taif, boast their own beauty and bustling culture. The ancient history in the north is perhaps one of the country’s greatest draws, where the town of Al Ula serves as the gateway to Medain Saleh, and a collection of stone dwellings as magnificent as Petra in Jordan.
There are the cosmopolitan city centers of Jeddah, the Red Sea port, as well as Riyadh, and the thriving central capital. The large city of Gulf-side Dammam lies directly to the east. You will enjoy a lively cafe culture and top-notch restaurants. Saudi Arabians have a reputation for shopping and there are stores galore, from traditional souks to glittering malls with the latest in fashion. Hotels are being built at a rapid pace, and each seems to feature a chef of ever-increasing pedigree.
How to visit Saudi Arabia
Visiting Saudi Arabia is probably more difficult than anywhere else in the world, but it’s not impossible by any means.
First up, if you’re a citizen of a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country, you don’t need a visa to travel to Saudi Arabia.
If you’re not, you have three choices.
- Unfortunately, actual tourism visas have been suspended for the time being, even for group travel, keep any eye out for any changes.
- Business visas are available if you can find a company in the Kingdom to sponsor you and you are willing to pay the application fees.
- Transit visas are available if you have a legitimate reason to pass through the Kingdom on your way to somewhere else. Booking a Saudia flight with a layover of over 18 hours is one option, driving a car through Saudi from eg. Bahrain or the UAE to Jordan is another.
Visas for the Saudi IoT delegates, visitors, media, exhibitors will be provided by the Organizing Company – New Horizon.
ALL VISA APPLICANTS HAVE TO PROVIDE THEIR DOCUMENTS TO THE ORGANIZER 55 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EXHIBITION DATE i.e ATLEAST BY 20TH NOVEMBER 2017.
- Passport copy
- Letter from the company stating the reason for the visit (we will provide you with the format.
EVERY EXHIBITOR WILL BE ENTITLED FOR 2 BUSINESS VISAS (INVITATION FORM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE) – NEW HORIZON WILL NOT CHARGE THE VISA FEES FOR THEIR EXHIBITORS. HOWEVER, MORE THAN 2 VISAS WILL BE CHARGED ACCORDING TO THE STANDARD VISA FEES.