Saudi Arabia announces plans for visa-free travel destination

Saudi Arabia announces plans for visa-free travel destination

Dubai - Kingdom may also ease rules for tourists to the region.



By AP

Published: Tue 1 Aug 2017, 4:29 PM

Last updated: Wed 2 Aug 2017, 9:27 AM

Saudi Arabia has announced plans to build a "semi-autonomous" visa-free travel destination along its northwestern Red Sea coast.

The Red Sea area will include diving attractions and a nature reserve -- and there are suggestions that the Kingdom may ease certain rules in the tourist haven.

The resort area will be developed with seed capital from the country's Public Investment Fund.

The fund said on Monday the project will be built along 125 miles (200 kilometers) of coastline and is tailored toward global luxury travellers and those seeking wellness travel, a genre of tourism associated with personal well-being and health.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism did not immediately respond to an AP request for more details on the rules.


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