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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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‘Winter is Around You’ Campaign Sheds the Light on the Kingdom’s Desert Life

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The ‘Winter is Around You’ campaign, which has been recently launched by the Saudi Tourism Authority, will highlight the stunning desert destinations and position it as the ultimate choice for winter break.

Most of the Kingdom is desert and it’s divided to three part: Al-Dahna, Al-Nafud and the Empty Quarter. In these parts, visitors can find beautiful natural oases and parks, and also those interested in hiking can get to enjoy several activities at some of the desert’s cliffs.

The campaign is also highlighting the desert camps, known as Kashtas, and shedding the light on it as a popular destination during this time of the year, it offers the perfect escape for tourists who are looking to get away from the hustle of urban life.

enjoy the safari desert experience in riyadh

Other activities that suit adventure seekers are and skiing, motorbike riding and “dune bashing.” If you’re the explorer type, then you can take the time to explore and look into the history and heritage of these desert areas or try some chill activities such as camel and horse riding or camping.

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The Saudi desert truly is the ideal destination for individuals, groups and family, it’s a place worth promoting for and a place deserves to have people flood to from all over the world.

 

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See AlUla Through the Lens of Young Photographers in CaptureAlUla Photo Competition

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A photography competition kicked off earlier on World Photography day and five Saudi photographers were able through their lens to showcase the beauty of AlUla.

The winner of the #CaptureAlUla Photo Competition really did a wonderful job highlighting the beauty of the area that extends to 22,561km² and include a lush oasis valley, towering sandstone mountains and historical sites.

The competition, which the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) held in co-operation with Sony Alpha, aimed to support the local talents of the Kingdom. The winners were awarded with a compact Sony Alpha 6600M camera, which has the world’s fastest Auto-focus, and a commission of 10,000 SAR from RCU.

The winners will also get to cooperate with RCU on upcoming projects, which is considered as a great opportunity for them.

Ziad Alarfaj, Sony Alpha Ambassador in KSA and another #CaptureAlUla judge commented: “The participants are all very creative, we chose those winners based on who we believe will have a brilliant future in photography. Each winner has a valuable opportunity to share their artistry with to the world, each picture was chosen not only for showcasing the beauty of its subject, but in telling the story behind it.”

Aisha Alhjairi who loves cinematography, photography and listening to classical music, earned the Design grouping. “By using pottery and dry branches, using earthy colours, and through the harmony between the elements of this artwork and the harmony of lighting in it, I wanted to show and prove that from the drought we can create an artistic picture, as beauty is created from severity, and luxury is created from simplicity,” she said while commenting on her winning image. “I made this idea specifically to show the sensual heritage (the pottery) in a different way from what is customary to touch the feelings of the recipient and bring them back to the memory.”

Check out the incredible photos and see AlUla in a different perspective through the eyes of young talents!

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Saudi Arabia Ranked 6th Safest Travel Destinations in World During Pandemic

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Saudi Arabia has been ranked among the six safest travel destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Wego Travel Blog.

In the article “Safe Places to Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was published by Wego Travel Blog, the Kingdom was ranked the sixth safest country and it’s also worth mentioning that it was the only Middle Eastern country in the group.

The travel blog chose the countries according to an EU methodology for its travel risk assessment.

Australia came first first in the global safe destinations for travel during the pandemic, followed by New Zealand, Singapore, Zambia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

The classification comes based on the country’s ability in containing the pandemic and how efficient its health system is, regarding the number of ICUs and medical staff.

 

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