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Saudi Arabia Implements New ‘Decency’ Rules As it Opens For Tourists

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Saudi Arabia has issued new regulations related to public decency as the country is now ready to welcome foreign tourists, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif approved the new rules which identified 19 offenses as punishable.

For starters, both genders are required to dress modestly and refrain from displaying affection publicly, also using profane language or gestures is completely prohibited.

While female tourists aren’t required to wear abayas, they are expected to wear a modest clothing that covers their shoulders and knees in public.

Acquiring alcohol is completely forbidden, and that includes purchasing or consuming it, bringing alcohol or any drugs into the country will be considered as an illegal action.

Breaking any of these regulations will result in paying fines and so in order to avoid this, Saudi Arabia is encouraging tourists to learn all the public decency laws.

Violations listed on the new visa website include littering, spitting, queue jumping, taking photographs and videos of people without permission, and playing music at prayer times.

Fines range from SR50 ($13) to SR6,000.

“The regulations are meant to ensure that visitors and tourists in the Kingdom are aware of the law relating to public behavior so that they comply with it,” said a government media statement, adding that Saudi police are responsible of monitoring any kind of violations and to impose fines immediately.

Anyone harmed by a violation can file for a lawsuit against the offender and claim their rights, and anyone facing a penalty has also the right to file a complaint before the Public Decency Circuit at the Specialized Court (Board of Grievances).

 

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‘Diriyah Gate’ Project to Be Inaugurated This Month

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The restoration of Diriyah will officially be inaugurated on November 19th with a remarkable event to celebrate the gega-project known as Diriyah Gate, which has been accomplished to welcome visitors to the historical area of Diriyah.

The event will showcase the efforts of Saudi Arabia in introducing the cultural area as one of the Kingdom’s greatest gathering places, the celebration will officially inaugurate the project ‘Diriyah Gate’ which is a cultural touristic destination for Saudi Arabia with UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart.

This remarkable event will include a world-class gala dinner, serving food that is completely sourced from Saudi farms, musical performances by Saudi musicians and pyrotechnics and costumed historical interpreters who will introduce history stories to the guests.

“There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future. This is truly a momentous time in this extraordinary country, and I am proud to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic site that is destined to become a global cultural icon and one of the world’s greatest gathering places.” Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said.

The project is set to become one of the main cultural destination in Saudi Arabia, giving visitors the opportunity to gather, explore, shop and dine in one the finest and most appealing places in the Kingdom. All of which will appeal to the local and international tourists, seeking a sense of authenticity.

 

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All Flights to Be Relocated to the New Jeddah Airport by Next Year

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It has been announced that as of next year, all flights to Saudi Arabia will be relocated form the old King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new Jeddah airport.

This will include flights to and from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich, Milan and Vienna.

According to sources, the fourth phase will kick off in mid-November and will cover destinations including Dammam, Qasim, Cairo, Khartoum, Kuwait, Nairobi and Beirut. While the fifth phase will begin on December 10th to include flights to Ankara, Tunisia, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai and others.

The transition from the old airport to the new one will be gradual so that by the end of this year, the national carrier will begin its long distance hauls to Europe and America.

More flights will begin to kick off from the new airport by the end of the first quarter of next year, up until the airport reached its maximum capacity of 100 million passengers yearly.

 

 

 

 

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The Red Sea Project: Aiming to Save the Marine Life

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One of Saudi Arabia’s mega projects is the Red Sea one and the this huge project is led by key ecological targets, in the attempt of protecting the marine life in the process.

We are all aware of the danger imposed on the sea life and this is why one of the project’s aims is protecting the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, another aim is saving the coral reefs.

The project covers a 28,000 square kilometer region of archipelagos, lagoons, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj located in the Kingdom’s west coast.

Scientists working on the projects are also trying to figure out why the area’s coral reef system is growing and thriving in some areas while others in areas across the world are facing great danger.

 

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