Saudi Arabia will issue tourist visas for the first time

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  • The famous desert country will begin issuing visas to tourists starting 1st of April 2018
  • It will also offer passes for business travel, pilgrims and relatives visiting family
  • Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman hopes the ambitious initiative will help boost tourism in the country

Is Saudi Arabia the new holiday spot of the middle east?

Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most conservative country, is set to welcome holidaymakers.

The government of Saudi Arabia will begin issuing visas for travel to the country starting April 1, 2018. This program is part of a revitalization program being spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

According to reports, tourism visas will be issued to holidaymakers, business travelers, pilgrims on religious journeys and people visiting relatives.

The Crown Prince is pushing the country forward and wants to change its economy from being solely based on oil to one that has a great portion coming from tourism. The Crown Prince got his inspiration from the successes he has seen in nearby Bahrain and Dubai.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman hopes the ambitious initiative will help boost tourism to the country to 30 million visitors by 2030.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been embarking on a journey of change, as the famous desert country is pushing through a number of reforms to lift the repressive rules still enforced by the highly conservative country.

Last year, bans on female drivers, cinemas and women entering certain sports stadiums were lifted.

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