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Saudi Arabia to Allow Couples to Share A Hotel Room Without a Marriage Proof

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The Kingdom continues to make historic reforms as it opens up to tourists and this week, the tourism authority announced a revolutionary guideline which allows foreign women and men to share a hotel room without a marriage proof.

First, women were allowed to travel without a male guardianship and now the Kingdom is easing the regulations for foreign tourists after the launch of the first tourist visa scheme, all comes in light of the 2030 Vision that aims at diversifying the economy of Saudi Arabia. 

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage stated that women can now rent a hotel room using a proof of identity only, and without the need of a male approval.

The new visa allows tourists to enter the Kingdom for 90 days and this marks the Kingdom’s first time to open up for foreigners and in doing so, the tourism sector has already contributed with a 3% to the total GDP of Saudi Arabia and with these new reforms and easing of regulations, the government aspires to push the 3% to 10% in the upcoming period.

 

 

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France to Host An Exhibition Showcasing The Wonders of Al-Ula

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France is set to host the first intentional exhibition entitled “AlUla: Kingdom’s Wonder” which is dedicated to showcasing the natural heritage and rich history of Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia.

The exhibition will be held at the headquarters of the Arab World Institute (IMA) in Paris starting from October 9th to the 9th of January.

According to Jack Land, IMA’s president and former French minister of culture, the expo aims at introducing the visitors to the beauty of Al-Ula and display its unique archaeological formation and the breathtaking natural destinations.

“In partnership with the Kingdom, the exhibition will allow visitors to discover the beauty of AlUla area and its natural diversity, as well as to learn about its history and civilizations witnessed over 7,000 years through artistic works, paintings and archaeological sculptures.” He added.

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Travel Bloggers Coming From all Around the World To the Edge of it!

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Now that Saudi Arabia is ready to welcome more and more tourists each day, the Kingdom isn’t wasting anytime to boost its tourism and has already invited over a number of worldwide influencers who are making the hashtag WelcomeToArabia goes viral.

Visit Saudi is the official tourism page of the Kingdom and it’s putting Saudi Arabia on the map in no time as a hot touristic destination, and travelers are loving it! You can see how different nationalities came together to spend a couple of days in Saudi and got to witness the rich history that people were long deprived of but no more!

The hashtag WelcomeToArabia is tending now and in clicking on it, you will be amazed with the countless pictures showcasing the beauty of Saudi Arabia and the dessert life that will surely be put on everyone’s travel bucket list.

Egyptian/ Canadian Sara Sabry says she can’t believe she finally made it to all the way to Saudi and that it certainly won’t be her last visit.

Now, let’s click on the hashtag and visit beautiful Saudi from the eyes of travel bloggers!

 

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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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