In a historic move, Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to international visitors for the first time. Details of a new visa regime announced on Friday 27 September at a gala event at Ad-Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Riyadh. They have unveiled 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
Madain Saleh in Al-Ula, the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan.
At-Turaif District in Ad-Diriyah, the first capital of the Saudi state.
Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Mecca, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition.
Rock Art in the Hail Region, showing 10,000-year old inscriptions of human and animal figures.
Al-Ahsa Oasis, with 2.5 million date palms the largest oasis in the world.
Along with this they are also opening up the Red Sea coast and the Empty Quarter. Visitors seeking unexplored heritage sites, an authentic cultural experience and breathtaking natural beauty will be surprised and delighted to discover Saudi Arabia’s many treasures.
This historic change marks a major Vision 2030 milestone, fueling investment and creating a million jobs. By 2030, the aim is for tourism to contribute up to 10% towards the Saudi GDP, compared to just 3% today.
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