International Formula E fans can buy tickets and get 30-day tourist visas for the inaugural ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix
Riyadh – November 18, 2018: Car-racing fans in Saudi Arabia can fly the national flag in celebration at the ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix next month, as Formula E debuts in the Middle East December and the event is covered live by the BBC for its audiences in the United Kingdom.
Hundreds of foreign visitors from more than 50 countries are expected to arrive in the Kingdom on tourist visas being issued for the mid December event, for which tickets are on sale from SAR395. This is the first time Saudi Arabia is issuing tourist visas for an event outside the realm of religious tourism.
Visas can be obtained through the “Sharek” visa portal, a move expected to bring about a significant change to the tourism and hospitality landscape in the country. Visa applicants must buy E-prix tickets to secure a visa, which is extendable for 30 days beyond the conclusion of the Formula E weekend festivities.
The race, to be held from December 13 to 15, will highlight one of Saudi Arabia’s prominent heritage sites, Ad Diriyah, on which the BBC will train its cameras. During the race, the UNESCO site will come alive with cultural and entertainment activities, including live musical performances by international artists.
Various categories of tickets are meant to suit every pocket, the cheapest being only SAR395. Tickets are available on www.ad-diriyah-eprix.com. Fans can watch all the action from the grandstands. They will also have access to the E-Village and another entertainment area, in addition to a post-race concert. From a single-day ticket to hospitality packages across the three-day festival, there are offers for all.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, Vice-Chair of the General Sports Authority (GSA), said: “This epic sporting spectacle will showcase Saudi Arabia to the world and we are excited for a line-up both on the track, onstage and amongst a breathtaking historical setting.”
Fans in Jeddah can buy tickets and get a preview of the race at the upcoming “Road to Ad Diriyah” event on the corniche from November 22 to 24. With racing simulators, an outdoor cinema, watt bikes, VR attractions and a second-generation Formula E car on show, the show promises to entertain everyone. For gamers, the “ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah” eSports tournament will conduct a qualifying heat. Two winners from Jeddah will join other from Khobar, Riyadh and online for a chance to compete at final race at Ad Diriyah. Prizes worth SAR1 million are on offer.
The ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’ is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).
For more information about ‘Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix’ including schedule and tickets, please visit: http://fiaformulae.com/Ad-Diriyah
About GSA, Saudi Arabia:
The General Sports Authority (GSA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia uses the power of sport and active living to enhance the lives of all communities in the Kingdom and to benefit sports values worldwide. As the country’s sport regulator, the GSA is an inspirational catalyst for change and believes in sports for all. The diverse and growing organization is enabling the country’s desire for a vibrant society by creating the widest access possible for all to sports sector opportunities. The GSA is helping the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia realize its sporting ambition to become a global leader with a strong pathway from amateur to elite and is creating an environment for a sports industry to flourish as part of a thriving and sustainable sports economy.