Saudi Arabia wants to emerge as a tourism destination

Published on : Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia wants to emerge as the Muslim tourism destination in the world by the end of the decade.



This Arabic nation comes amid an enormous push to expand the Kingdom’s Red Sea coastline and maximize tourism spending among the millions of Muslims who already visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia each year as part of Hajj and Umrah.




The senior official at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCNH) said that they want to beat Dubai, Malaysia and Turkey to the top spot.



He also added that they have different projects in the pipeline and we are developing our pilgrimage sites. They have everything in Saudi. The history of Saudi Arabia is giving a competitive advantage to emerge as a complete destination of tourism and halal is already here.





Saudi Arabia is planning to expand about hundreds of kilometers of its Red Sea coastline as a global tourism destination and has enlisted the help of Virgin Group chief Richard Branson to advise on the ambitious project, which is a key plank of ongoing economic reforms.





The Saudi Arabia Kingdom is in the “final stages” of passing its much-anticipated tourist visas, which would grant unrestricted leisure travel in the country, the spokesman confirmed.





Currently, Saudi Arabia issues two-week visas for those on business, pilgrimage or visiting resident family members.




A specific visa for all the tourists would open up the country to foreign visitors and allow access to destinations beyond the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah.




The tourism official of Saudi Arabia said that the Saudi government is operational on ratifying tourist visas for visitors from 165 countries, including 66 Muslim countries.




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