For many decades Saudi Arabia had a closed doors policy for international tourists but now things are changing for the better. With Saudi Arabia consistently holding major sporting and music events over the past two years, the government has just launched a new visa program just so that fans of music, live sport and culture can visit the Kingdom.
According to the Saudi Gazette, the new visa process platform will be called ‘Sharek.’
The visa was announced at the launch ceremony of the Ad Diriyah E Prix.
The Ad Diriyah E Prix will be the first ever Formula E race in the Middle East.
Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E: Formula E was created to bring new technology & excitement. #KSA has the #Vision2030 and we are honored to be a monumental moment. pic.twitter.com/H8Qn4hV0Rk
— CIC Saudi Arabia (@CICSaudi) September 25, 2018
“With the introduction of ‘Sharek’, our visa entry process for fans worldwide, we can share the event. We hope the Saudia Diriyah E Prix will see fans from around the globe come to Saudi Arabia to watch this epic sporting spectacle as now your ticket is your visa,” said Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al-Saud, Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority.
Even Formula 1 legend Felipe Massa who is now a Formula E racer was present at the ceremony.
Saudi Arabia launches new tourist visa for inaugural Formula E race! #SaudiArabia reveals electronic visa to allow international motor racing fans to travel to the kingdom to attend the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E Prix. https://t.co/VRdtlu0R6C #Vision2030 #SaudiProgress pic.twitter.com/PANv6fr6QB
— Damian K. ten Bohmer (@Expat_Aussie) September 26, 2018
The race is scheduled on the 15th of December and it promises to be the biggest ever display of sport, live music and entertainment in the country. International performers will also be brought in to perform on stage for a live audience.
You can buy tickets for the race here.