Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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DUBAI – It will now be easier to visit Saudi Arabia after the country launched an online visa to allow people to travel to the kingdom for sports events and concerts.
The Sharek system was launched during the recent announcement of the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-prix, the opening race of the Formula E championship.
The e-visa is available to those who purchased tickets through the Sharek site.
While Saudi Arabia said it would begin issuing tourists visas for citizens of certain countries this year, the new e-visa is the first time that foreigners are able to apply for leisure travel visa to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudia Ad Diriyah E-prix will take place on the outskirts of Riyadh on December 15 and will feature electric cars.
“With the introduction of Sharek we can share the event [with others]. We hope the Saudi Ad Diriyah E-Prix will see fans from around the globe come to Saudi Arabia to watch this epic sporting spectacle — now your ticket is your visa,” said Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, vice-chairman of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority. GAD/Expat Media
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