Take a Saudi hol­i­day next year

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

SAUDI ARA­BIA aims to start is­su­ing tourist visas to for­eign­ers ne next year, a se­nior Saudi of­fi­cial told CNN, as the gov­ern­ment se seeks to open up the con­ser­va­tive king­dom and find new sources o of rev­enue to diver­sify its econ­omy. Cur­rently for­eign­ers trav­el­ling t to Saudi Ara­bia are largely re­stricted to res­i­dent work­ers and their d de­pen­dents, busi­ness travellers, and Mus­lim pil­grims who are given spe­cial visas to travel to holy sites.

“The tar­gets are peo­ple who want to come and lit­er­ally e ex­pe­ri­ence this coun­try, and re­ally the grand­ness of this coun­try,” Pr Prince Sul­tan bin Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz, head of the Saudi Co Com­mis­sion for Tourism and Nat­u­ral Her­itage, said in an in­ter­view.

AAsked about plans for the visas, he replied:“Hope­fully in 2018.”

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