Saudi Arabia is currently finishing working on some final touches on the festival of racing events due in December which is also set to include the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix weekend.

This is the first time that Saudi Arabia has issued tourist visas for an event outside the realm of religious tourism. Saudi Arabia has decided to use the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh as the host of Saudi Arabia’s largest-ever festival of racing from December 13 to 15.

Apart from the racing events, the planner includes other recreational activities such as cultural events, live music and entertainment featuring globally-renowned performers.

E-Prix enthusiasts around the world can avail tourist visas through the kingdom’s new Sharek visa portal. The applicants are required to purchase the E-Prix tickets to secure a visa which can be extended for 30 days beyond the conclusion of the Formula E weekend festivities.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, the vice-chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, said: “We hope the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix will see fans from around the globe come to Saudi Arabia to watch this epic sporting spectacle as now your ticket is your visa.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki AlFaisal Al Saud, the vice-chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, said: “We hope the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix will see fans from around the globe come to Saudi Arabia to watch this epic sporting spectacle as now your ticket is your visa.