As Saudi Arabia revealed its vision last week to transform its capital city of Riyadh into one of the top 10 global economies in the world, it also announced the establishment of a company that will aim to develop the Kingdom’s cruise industry. Cruise Saudi is a Jeddah-based company launched by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), as part of the Kingdom’s various efforts to promote its tourism industry and the key goal of its bid to diversify its economy from its reliance on oil production, in line with Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia launched a new cruise company that will generate more than 50,000 jobs in the tourism industry. Saudi Cruise was launched by the Public Investment Fund in line with the #Vision2030 reform plan that will diversify the local economy. pic.twitter.com/IjqHkdtxBy— About Her (@AboutHerOFCL) January 30, 2021
As part of PIF’s 2021 - 2025 strategy, Cruise Saudi is working with relevant authorities to develop marine tourist destinations around the Kingdom, while preserving natural wildlife. These destinations include many of the kingdom’s famous islands, as well as cultural and heritage sites, which are popular with tourists who go by boat. It won’t just be beneficial to tourism, as Cruise Saudi aims to create over 50,000 jobs in the tourism industry.
We're proud to announce the launch of Cruise Saudi, #aPIFcompany, marking the establishment of Saudi Arabia's cruise industry to drive the development of the Kingdom's tourism sector, in line with #SaudiVision2030https://t.co/9w81JOLOj5 pic.twitter.com/kGta2UjhA0— Public Investment Fund (@PIF_en) January 28, 2021
In fact, there already have been efforts to promote the sea cruise and tourism industries around the kingdom. For instance, Silversea and the Red Sea Cruise Ship Company are amongst the cruise companies recently established to take guests around stunning Saudi coasts and destinations. In addition, these cruise ships offer memorable dining experiences, luxurious spas, and live performances. Experienced divers may also go on these cruise ships to accompany those who would like to explore the Red Sea reefs, or take up other water activities such as jet skiing, or surfing. Overall, the Saudi cruise industry complements marine tourism in many aspects.
All aboard: Saudi Arabia's @RedSeaSpirit cruise kicked off yesterday. Here's what it's like to discover Saudis amazing coastal charms via luxurious ship:https://t.co/HLWn21MMfG— About Her (@AboutHerOFCL) August 29, 2020
Photos: Red Sea Spirit pic.twitter.com/Q85pWKhhK0
Indeed, it is clear to see how Saudi Arabia is working on putting itself on the map as a top tourism destination, and it is an exciting development for anyone who loves going on a cruise. In partnership with the private sector, the kingdom is promoting the tourism industry with job creations, highlighting heritage and cultural sites, and, most importantly, cruise ship companies that will be able to take locals and tourists on memorable trips to some of the kingdom’s most popular destinations. s, or take up other water activities such as jet skiing, or surfing. Overall, the Saudi cruise industry complements marine tourism in many aspects.