New Saudi visa scheme to be announced 27 September

A new Saudi Arabia visa scheme is to be announced on 27 September, which is expected to benefit 50 nationalities.

Saudi Arabia is putting the final touches to an initiative to attract international tourists, with a visa scheme to open the Kingdom to visitors from up to 50 countries.

The purpose is to increase tourism to the Kingdom and showcase Saudi tourist attractions with a major global advertising campaign to be launched in the presence of leading international travel and tourism experts.

Leisure tourism in Saudi Arabia is dominated by Muslim pilgrims and although it is a vital part of the Vision 2030, plans are being rolled out to diversify the economy away from oil dependency. With travel experts forecasting to say that tourism and leisure could account for 10 percent of gross domestic product by 2030, adding more than $100 billion a year to the economy.

The event on Sept. 27 will promote “the sights and sounds” of Saudi Arabia to a regional and international audience. Progress on other tourism projects — such as a nationwide digital events calendar and plans to expand the successful “Saudi Seasons” concept — will also feature.

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