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Saudi Arabia unveils ambitious plans for tourism revolution – but would you travel there?

Post by Guest on Tue 1 Aug 2017 - 15:56

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to create a tourism hotspot nearly twice the size of Wales on its unspoilt Red Sea coastline, in a bid to help double the number of visitors to the Middle Eastern country. The Kingdom has also indicated that it is prepared to relax its strict laws, such as bans on drinking alcohol, to entice more western holidaymakers. An official statement explained that the transformed area will cover some 34,000 square kilometres between the cities of Umluf and Alwajh, including its 50 islands, and be governed by laws “on par with international standards”.

One document referred to the area as “semi-autonomous” and said it would be governed by “independent laws and a regulatory framework developed and managed by a private committee”, according to Bloomberg. Saudi Arabia currently welcomes few British visitors. The Kingdom is renowned for its stringent enforcement of Islamic law, its codes of behaviour and dress, and severe penalties for homosexuality, extra-marital sexual relations and possession of alcohol.

The Foreign Office warns Britons that suspects can be held without charge without access to legal representation, while female travellers are warned they must meet their “sponsor” on arrival into the country.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/middle-east/saudi-arabia/articles/saudi-arabia-red-sea-project-tourism-resort/



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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Tue 1 Aug 2017 - 18:27

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What exactly would the Saudis have to offer ???

Places like Europe, China, India and Russia have history and culture...

The USA and Hong Kong already have gambling, casinos..

The Pacific islands, Mediterranean and Caribbean have the climate and beaches..

Australia, the Americas and many parts of Africa have wilderness and wildlife and different landscapes.

S.E. Asia has a range of cultures and a variety of shopping opportunities..

So, what do any of these Middle East countries, so quickly running out of oil reserves, have to "grab" the tourists with ???

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Post by nicko on Tue 1 Aug 2017 - 19:19

Been there, rather go to Blackpool !!
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Post by Original Quill on Tue 1 Aug 2017 - 19:37

Also been there...Oakland is more scenic.

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Post by nicko on Tue 1 Aug 2017 - 20:46

I like to see a bit of Grass and Tree's , not that there's none there, but it's few and far between.
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed 2 Aug 2017 - 10:28

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Saudi Arabia has lots of sand...         So does Australia..

Why would I want to travel halfway around the world to see more of what I can see less than 30 minutes from here ?
And Oz has better surf, as well :          

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Post by nicko on Wed 2 Aug 2017 - 12:20

You can surf there, Sand Surfing.
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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed 2 Aug 2017 - 13:50

I would never go there...


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