Embassy of Portugal in Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Comporta is one the top Romantic Honeymoon Destinations for 2018

The well known North American Fashion and Lifestyle magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, has just published a list with its top 18 picks of Romantic Destinations to Honeymoon in 2018, which features Comporta in Portugal.

The publication suggests it to newlyweds looking for a seaside getaway, different from more traditional choices like Ibiza. The highlights are its close proximity to Lisbon, just an hour away; the “rolling dunes” that invite a “walk down the beach in bare feet” and a vast selection of local sparkling wines.

Often referred as “the Hamptons of Portugal,” this region and its picturesque villages, where one can find a sense of “relaxed sophistication”, have already attracted several public figures such as Christian Louboutin.  And who knows, maybe the names of many Saudi Newlyweds can be added to that list. 

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Chaillot Prize 2017

In celebration of Human Rights Day,the European Union Delegation in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has awarded the Chaillot Prize for the Promotion of Human Rights in the GCC Region to Glowork, a local NGO that seeks to help Saudi women to enter the work force.

Since its foundation, just 6 years ago, Glowork has already helped tens of thousands of young Saudi women to find employment. Contributing for their financial independence and to female empowerment. All this in a country that until recently had an almost nonexistent female labor force. But changes have been occurring and even one of the “Vision 2030” goals is a huge increase of the female participation in the labor market.

The Prize was handed out on December 11th by the Ambassador and Head of Delegation Michele Cervone D'urso to Founder and CEO of Glowork Khalid AlKhudair. At a ceremony that took place at the Delegation’s Headquarters. 

Original story on the European Union Delegation's Website and Twitter

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Ambassador Michele Cervone D'urso delivering the Chaillot Prize to the Founder and CEO of Glowork Khalid AlKhudair.

Photograph courtesy of Timo van Zagten

Portugal chosen as the World’s Leading Destination

This past Sunday, December 10th, the winners of the “World Travel Awards 2017” were unveiled. Portugal won the most coveted award of the evening, that of “World’s Leading Destination”. This is the first time Portugal has won that title, ending Dubai’s 4 year streak.

Portugal came ahead of several world famous destinations.  At the Gala that took place in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, the excellence of Portugal’s Tourism Industry was recognized in several other categories. It won “Europe's Leading Beach Destination” thanks to the wonderful Beaches up and down our coast, so much appreciated by tourists. Lisbon was considered “World's Leading City Break Destination” cementing its reputation as a great weekend getaway. The awards weren’t limited to the mainland, with the Madeira Islands taking the title of “World's Leading Island Destination” for the 3rd year in a row.

This recognition wouldn’t have been possible without the promotion work done by “Turismo de Portugal”, that was acknowledged as “World's Leading Tourist Board”. The Website visitportugal.com, was also considered the best in its category.

All the awards are owed to the public. The winners on each category were chosen by an online vote. Many of the millions of Tourists that visit Portugal annually might have contributed to that, including the  thousands of Saudis that have come on their holidays. Those who haven’t yet visited, now have one more incentive to discover what is now officially considered the World’s Best Tourism Destination. 

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Augusta Street, Lisbon, one of the busiest tourist hotspots in Portugal 

Contacts

Bdlg 56, Prince Faisal bin Sa'ad bin Abdulrahman St., Al Worood. Perto/near Kingdom Tower
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

+966 114 826 964
+966 114 822 147
riade@mne.pt (Chancery)
sconsular.riade@mne.pt (Consular Section)

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