Expats Are Now Welcome to Travel to Saudi Arabia
For the first time, Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to tourists from around the world for the first time. There will definitely be a requirement for visas, to be announced on September 27th, but regardless, this is a great move by the kingdom to become more open.
There are hundreds of thousands of Canadian Expats that work not only in the Middle East, but in neighbouring regions that would jump at the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia in order to take in some of the amazing sights and sounds of this culturally rich and geographically diverse country.
The stated goal is to increase the number of visits to the the kingdom to 100 million by 2030 and increasing the contribution towards Saudi GDP to
10% from the 3% that tourism represents today.
His Excellency Ahmad Al-Khateeb, Chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, commented:
"Opening Saudi Arabia to international tourists is a historic moment for our country.
Generous hospitality is at the heart of Arabian culture and we look forward to showing our guests a very warm welcome.
Visitors will be surprised and delighted by the treasures we have to share. Five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a vibrant local culture and breathtaking natural beauty.
To visitors we say: be among the first to discover and explore the treasures of Arabia.
To investors we say: become part of the fastest growing tourism sector on earth."
For Canadians that are involved with the travel trade in the region this is welcome news.