The Reading / Listening - Saudi Arabia - Level 2

Saudi Arabia is a new destination on the world tourism map. It has opened its doors to tourists from around the world. People from 49 different countries can get visas online. They take just seven minutes to issue. Saudi Arabia believes it has huge potential to develop into a top tourism destination. It has lots of natural attractions, deserts, World Heritage sites, beautiful beaches and unique cultures. Saudi Arabia wants to make sure it can get money from other industries, not just oil and gas. It hopes 10 per cent of the country's GDP will come from tourism by 2030.



Tourists can now stay in Saudi Arabia for a maximum of 90 days in one year. They can enter many times in that year. Non-Muslims will not be allowed to visit the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage explained the importance of tourism. It said: "Opening Saudi Arabia to international tourists is a historic moment for our country." It added that Saudi has a lot to offer: "Businesses from around the world will establish operations within the Kingdom as its unique attractions, culture and natural beauty become more widely [valued]."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Saudi Arabia - Level 0 Saudi Arabia - Level 1   or  Saudi Arabia - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-arabia-opens-kingdom-to-foreign-tourists-11569586198
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1560631/saudi-arabia
  • http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/578331


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the world tourism
  2. It has opened its doors
  3. People from 49
  4. get visas
  5. They take just seven minutes
  6. it has huge
  7. natural
  8. get money
  1. different countries
  2. to issue
  3. from other industries
  4. attractions
  5. map
  6. online
  7. to tourists
  8. potential to develop

Paragraph 2

  1. stay in Saudi Arabia for a maximum
  2. They can enter many
  3. Non-Muslims will not
  4. a historic
  5. Businesses from around
  6. operations within
  7. culture and natural
  8. become more
  1. moment
  2. widely valued
  3. times
  4. beauty
  5. the Kingdom
  6. be allowed
  7. of 90 days
  8. the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saudi Arabia is a new destination (1) ___________________ tourism map. It has opened its (2) ___________________ from around the world. People from 49 different countries can get visas online. They take just seven (3) ___________________. Saudi Arabia believes it has huge potential to develop into a top tourism destination. It has (4) ___________________ attractions, deserts, World Heritage sites, beautiful (5) ___________________ cultures. Saudi Arabia wants to make sure it can get money from other industries, (6) ___________________ and gas. It hopes 10 per cent of the country's GDP will come from tourism by 2030.

Tourists can now stay in Saudi Arabia (7) ___________________ of 90 days in one year. They (8) ___________________ times in that year. Non-Muslims will (9) ___________________ to visit the holy sites of Mecca and Medina. The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage explained (10) ___________________ tourism. It said: "Opening Saudi Arabia to international tourists is a historic moment for our country." It added that Saudi has a (11) ___________________: "Businesses from around the world will establish operations within the Kingdom as its unique attractions, culture and natural beauty (12) ___________________ [valued]."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SaudiArabiaisanewdestinationontheworldtourismmap.Ithasopened
itsdoorstotouristsfromaroundtheworld.Peoplefrom49differentcount
riescangetvisasonline.Theytakejustsevenminutestoissue.SaudiAra
biabelievesithashugepotentialtodevelopintoatoptourismdestination
.Ithaslotsofnaturalattractions,deserts,WorldHeritagesites,beautiful
beachesanduniquecultures.SaudiArabiawantstomakesureitcanget
moneyfromotherindustries,notjustoilandgas.Ithopes10percentofth
ecountry'sGDPwillcomefromtourismby2030.Touristscannowstayin
SaudiArabiaforamaximumof90daysinoneyear.Theycanentermanyti
mesinthatyear.Non-Muslimswillnotbeallowedtovisittheholysiteso
fMeccaandMedina.TheSaudiCommissionforTourismandNationalHer
itageexplainedtheimportanceoftourism.Itsaid:"OpeningSaudiArabi
atointernationaltouristsisahistoricmomentforourcountry."Itaddedt
hatSaudihasalottooffer:"Businessesfromaroundtheworldwillestabli
shoperationswithintheKingdomasitsuniqueattractions,cultureandn
aturalbeautybecomemorewidely[valued]."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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