July 5, 2022

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A PROUD MUSLIM COUNTRY ALWAYS, BUT OPENING THE DOOR WIDER THAN EVER

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LORI DEMIRJIAN WRITES- For the primary time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is permitting 49 international locations, together with the US, entry for non-religious tourism functions with the usage of a brand new e-Visa program. Up to now, Saudi Arabia solely issued visas for non secular pilgrimage and enterprise functions.

This reform is without doubt one of the methods for Saudi Arabia’s new financial plan instituted by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, so as to stray away from the nation’s dependence on oil. In line with the Managing Director of Colliers Worldwide KSA, Imad Damrah,  “All ranges of the tourism ecosystem will likely be developed, resulting in job creations at a number of ranges; whether or not immediately employed within the tourism subject or not directly as a associated enterprise.”

Now, earlier than you e book your flight and “yalla” to the seashores of the Pink Sea, you will need to acknowledge and respect the faith and the tradition of the nation. Saudi Arabia  has legal guidelines particularly aimed toward vacationers pertaining to decorate code, public conduct, faith and alcohol.

In line with Saudi Arabia’s tourism website, each women and men are required to decorate “modestly”,  specifically girls are required to cowl their shoulders and knees in public, though sporting an Abaya ( a free, robe-like costume worn by girls in some elements of the Muslim world) just isn’t a requirement. Furthermore, alcohol and medicines are prohibited within the nation and Mecca continues to be off-limits for non-Muslims.

Saudi Arabia’s tourism chief, Ahmad al-Khateeb, defined that “opening Saudi Arabia to worldwide vacationers is a historic second for our nation. Guests will likely be stunned … by the treasures we have now to share – 5 Unesco world heritage websites, a vibrant native tradition and breathtaking pure magnificence.” Hopefully, this new enterprise that Saudi Arabia is embarking on will result in an enlightened expertise for each Saudi Arabian residents and worldwide vacationers throughout the globe.

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