Sports and entertainment in Saudi Arabia – from new cinemas to major international sporting events, like Formula E and European Tour golf – is attracting billions of dollars in investment.
Saudi Arabia has approved new electronic visas for foreign visitors attending sporting events, concerts and business attractions.
The decision will enable visitors to obtain a visa within 24 hours, Arab News reported.
Saudi’s governing bodies for sports, culture and business events – General Investment Authority, General Sports Authority and General Entertainment Authority – will provide the givernment with details of upcoming events two months ahead of time, which will be included in the new visa system.
Under its Vision 2030 plan, Saudi Arabia has made diversifying the economy as key pillar of its wide-ranging reforms.
The reform undertaken by the kingdom’s authorities look to lift total spending – by locals and foreigners – from $27.9 billion in 2015 to $46.6 billion in 2020.