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Saudi Arabia opens up to tourism






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Saudi Arabia is a new world tourist destination. It has opened its doors to tourists. People from 49 different countries can get visas. They take just seven minutes to get online. Saudi believes it has huge potential to be a top tourism destination. It has natural attractions, World Heritage sites, beaches and unique cultures. Saudi wants to get money from different industries, not just oil. It wants 10 per cent of its money to come from tourism by 2030.

Tourists can stay in Saudi for a maximum of 90 days a year. They can go many times in that year. Non-Muslims cannot visit the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. A spokesman explained the importance of tourism. He said: "Opening Saudi Arabia to...tourists is a historic moment....Businesses from around the world will establish operations within the Kingdom as its unique attractions, culture and natural beauty become more widely [valued]."

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