#travel and tourism|18 August, 2019
GEA launches e-gate to receive applications for Riyadh Season
The event is part of the ‘Saudi Seasons 2019’ launched by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage
Image used for illustrative purpose. Dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the Rabih Alriyadh Festival (Riyadh Spring Festival) in Riyadh March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed
RIYADH — The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) on Saturday launched a website dedicated to receiving applications from companies and individuals wishing to participate in Riyadh Season, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The website aims to give everyone a chance to take part in the season, which runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 15 this year. The authority also said that organizers of recreational events, volunteers, sponsors, photo enthusiasts, caterers and young talent were among those would could apply. Application forms are available online and a confirmation email will be sent once forms have been received.
A committee will evaluate and validate applications. GEA said people had until the end of August to submit their applications, and they would be notified about their status no later than mid-September. “Only applications submitted through the website would be considered,” it added. Saudi Arabia is organizing 11 seasons in different regions to boost domestic and international tourism in Saudi Arabia. The seasons are also in line with the goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan.
Riyadh Season is considered the biggest entertainment event in the capital city.
The event is part of the ‘Saudi Seasons 2019’ launched by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
The “Saudi Seasons 2019” initiative is a result of efforts of several government departments that worked since mid-2018 to launch the initiative under the leadership of a higher committee chaired by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy prime minister, minister of defense, chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs and chairman of the events’ committee — including: the Ministry of Culture, General Authority for Entertainment, General Sport Authority and the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau, in coordination with all relevant institutions.
The “Saudi Seasons 2019” program includes several activities that were specially designed to several regions and cities of the Kingdom that enjoy cultural, tourist and historical characteristics for the first year as an experimental test, where the 2020 seasons will be announced at the end of 2019.
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