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Saudi Arabia to Start Issuing Tourist Visas in 2018

Saudi Arabia which is reeling in high rate of unemployment and economic recession is seeking new sources of revenue.

Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year, a senior Saudi official told CNN, as the government seeks new sources of revenue to diversify its economy.
At present, foreigners traveling to Saudi Arabia are largely restricted to resident workers and their dependents, business travelers, and Muslim pilgrims, who are given special visas to travel to holy sites.
“The targets are people who want to come and literally experience this country, and really the grandness of this country,” Prince Sultan Abdulaziz, Head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage, said in an interview broadcast late on Wednesday.

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