Saudi Arabia opens to visitors with fresh visas

Published on : Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia is well on its way to granting tourist visas to its visitors.


The news has been reported by a regional news media agency last week. They mentioned that initially visas would only be offered to tour groups who were travelling with government-licensed operators. The present system only permits visas for two weeks for business, pilgrims or travellers with family inside the nation and they are quite expensive and at the same time quite tough to obtain.


The news on visas comes just a couple of months after the nation declared that it would be relaxing its strict religious laws in some areas in an attempt to lure tourism to this part of the world.


A new resort known as the Red Sea Project is also in the planning stages.


This country gets approximately 200,000 tourists a year excluding pilgrims and is optimistic that the numbers would increase to 1.5 million a year within 2020.


Saudi Arabia has been consider opening up the country to tourism since the year 2000 when the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage was set up. Now thanks to the rise in green energy and decline in the price of oil it appears that the country is finally ready to receive the new revenues.


The news also arrives with a series of new announcements at the slackening of the strict social laws of the country.


From next year onwards women would be permitted to drive and also enter some sports stadiums. From next year women would be allowed to drive and also enter the sports stadiums.


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