A new campaign offers carefully curated packages to spotlight both Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s touristic landscapes

Qatar Tourism, the Saudi Tourism Authority and KSA’s leading DMC Discover Saudi (part of Almosafer) have joined forces to launch the exciting new campaign, ‘Double the Discovery’. This was announced during their participation at ITB Berlin Convention sought to promote tourism in both neighbouring GCC countries, offering international visitors in both countries the chance to explore the rich cultural and historical wonders of Qatar and Saudi Arabia in a single trip.

With carefully curated travel packages, ‘Double the Discovery’ opens up a world of possibilities for travellers’, providing unique and immersive experiences that showcase the diverse landscapes, architectural marvels, an d vibrant traditions of both countries.

The award-winning national carrier, Qatar Airways, will serve as the official airline partner of the campaign. Visit Qatar and Visit Saudi will identify the main markets for launching and promoting travel packages through tour operators in each market. Discover Qatar and Discover Saudi are the local DMC partners in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Discussing the launch of the campaign, HE Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, emphasised the initiative’s goal to foster cooperation among GCC destinations. He said that the aim is to provide global tourists with an enriching cultural experience while highlighting the distinctive characteristics of Arab and GCC culture.  ‘The significant growth in tourist numbers in 2023 and hosting 4 million visitors last year demonstrates Qatar’s exceptional tourism offerings across cultural, sports, and recreational activities, as well as top-notch services in transportation, travel, and hospitality sectors.’

Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO and Member of the Board of the Saudi Tourism Authority, highlighted Saudi Arabia’s remarkable tourism growth, with over 20 million inbound visitors in the first three quarters of 2023, compared to 16 million in the entire year of 2022. ‘As the entertainment hub of the Middle East, we have a dynamic offer for visitors with an ever-growing calendar of sports, music and cultural events to experience.  Partnering in this campaign will make it even easier for visitors to experience more of the culture and heritage that the region has to offer in addition to enjoying the modern and vibrant cities we have to explore.’

Muzzammil Ahussain, CEO of Almosafer, also expressed delight in partnering with Qatar Tourism and the Saudi Tourism Authority through their DMC Discover Saudi. This initiative will not only drive tourism into the Kingdom, in line with national tourism agenda of Saudi Arabia, but also give travellers the opportunity to explore these two exciting destinations in one visit, whilst experiencing best-in-class services.’

As part of the campaign, extensive city guides will be provided to tourists, offering relevant and detailed information about the top attractions, things to do, shopping venues, and restaurants in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These guides aim to assist travellers’ in making the most of their visit and experiencing the best each city has to offer.

In addition to city guides, the joint travel packages offered as part of the campaign will include airline tickets, accommodation, and transportation, catering to different purposes and lengths of stay.

Discover Qatar offers ‘Stopover’ packages that cater to different preferences, including access to various kinds of hotels and beach facilities. These packages are available in three categories: standard, premium, and luxury, ensuring that travellers’ can find the perfect accommodation option that suits their style and budget.

Discover Saudi will offer a variety of enticing packages, such as ‘2 nights Jeddah, 2 nights Makkah, 2 nights Madinah’ and ‘2 nights Jeddah and 3 nights AlUla’. These packages allow visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia, with convenient arrangements for accommodation and transportation.

Enhancing tourism prospects for families and adventurous travellers in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the latest campaign in both countries aims to provide a wide range of tourism opportunities for families, as well as adventurous solo or group travellers. This collaborative effort focuses on offering diverse experiences, including shopping, cultural exploration, educational activities, coastal attractions, and state-of-the-art relaxation options.

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