6 Reasons Why 2019 Will Be A Game Changer For Saudi

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2018 was big but 2019 is set to be bigger.

If tell tales of things already happening in the early months of the year are anything to go by 2019 will be the year in which the country treads on new paths and sheds away age-old stereotypes. Here are just a few things to look forward to in 2019.

1. The 2019 Budget Is Saudi Arabia's Biggest Till Date

The announcement was like a shot in the arm for the Saudi economy giving it a much-needed stimulus that will spur growth. The expected yearly spending for 2019 has been pegged at a whopping $295 billion. Expect lots of new jobs people.

2. Saudi Finally Makes It To The European Tour Golf Calendar

The sporting calendar for 2019 has kicked off with a bang as the European Tour is coming to Saudi. Running from Jan 31–Feb 3, 2019, four of the world’s top five golfers are slated to tee up in KAEC’s Al Murooj Golf Course.

3. NBA May Come To Saudi Soon

Arab News reported that the GEA is looking into the prospect of arranging an NBA game in Saudi. Basketball aficionados keep watching this space as we keep you updated to as and when it happens.

4. The UK’s Famous Wax Museum Madame Tussauds Will Be Opening Not One But Two Branches

One of their museums will be in Jeddah and the other in Riyadh. Among a host of popular faces, it will also have a wax statue of King Faisal. Madame Tussauds is by far one of the biggest year-round attractions announced this year.

5. A Host Of International Celebs Will Perform In Saudi

The long list includes the likes of Gabriel Iglesias, Dave Chapelle, Trevor Noah, Seth Rogen, Jay Z and DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey and Sean Paul.

6. Apple Will Finally Open Its Own Store

Okay, the exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet but the rumour mill suggests that the long speculated Riyadh store will finally see the light of the day in 2019.

Written By

Mohammed Mirza

Mohammed is an avid traveler who is constantly on the hunt for new and upcoming Saudi travel destinations. Having lived much of his life in Saudi, he knows the country like the back of his hand. He's also a book lover at heart and is the author of a novel called "Desert Promises".