No visa , no curtain? Saudi Arabia may ease rules for sightseers

Saudi Arabia plans to build a “semi-autonomous” visa-free hurtle destination along its northwestern Red Sea coast where to limit women’s dress, gender discrimination and other republican standards could be waived.

The Red Sea project will include diving entertainments and a nature reserve, with some areas resembling the indulgence hotels, islands and lagoons of the Maldives. The Saudi Commission for Tourism did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for more details on the rules that will govern sightseers at the Red Sea resort.

The country’s Public Investment Fund( PIF) said Monday it will provide the seed uppercase to develop the resort area, explaining that the new “semi-autonomous area will be governed by rules on par with international standards.” The store said the project will allure leading appoints in inn to “bring about the next-generation of tourism in a way that will open” Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea coastline to sightseers from around the world.


The sovereign wealth fund developing the project is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the young monarch who in June was identified heir to the throne by “his fathers” King Salman. The ruler is administering a spectacular repair of the economy to shrink its dependence on lubricant exportations for revenue.

Tourism is a key part of the prince’s Vision 2030 intention. The plan aims to diversify and renew Saudi society and their own economies, and includes a blueprint for hindering some of the Saudi money expend abroad each year in the country. It likewise calls for developing tourism revenues outside of the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, which Saudi Arabia oversees.

The Red Sea project aims to specifically generate 15 billion Saudi riyals ($ 4 billion) yearly to Saudi Arabia’s economy and cause 35,000 jobs.

Already, the ultraconservative country has opened its doorways to more entertainment in order to render more local spending and appease the country’s burgeoning youth population. The PIF is the main investor in a Six Flags theme park that is expected to be built in a new amusement municipality that will be the first of its species in the kingdom.


The money said here Red Sea project will be built along 125 miles( 200 kilometers) of coastline and is tailor-make toward global indulgence travelers and those attempting wellness traveling, a genre of tourism associated with personal well-being and health.

Among the entertainments will be protected coral reefs, dormant volcanoes, a nature reserve inhabited by rare wildlife like Arabian leopards and falcons, and excursions to Saudi Arabia’s ancient spoils of Mada’in Saleh, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Also on offer is likely to be parachuting, trekking and rock climbing.

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