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    Saudi to Become Top Five World Destination

    By Amal Al-Saeed

    Okaz/Saudi Gazette

    RIYADH — The National Tourism Strategy expects the Kingdom to be among the top five tourist destinations in the world by 2030 when the revenues generated by tourism will reach about 10 percent of the GDP instead of the present three percent.
    Saudi Arabia aims to be in world?s top five tourist destinations - Saudi Gazette
    Oh my, that's very ambitious...


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    Saudi + Backpackers = tons of fun.

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    Mecca and the Haj will play a big part in that role. Muslim tourism..

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    ^^ Maybe this country will attract a few archaeology buffs, but those types are not going to make up big numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Mecca and the Haj will play a big part in that role. Muslim tourism..
    Mecca and Medina are off limits to the infidel.

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    Muslim Harry my friend. Slow down and read...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Muslim Harry my friend. Slow down and read...
    But they aren't tourists.

    The Haj and Umra have their own visa categories.

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    Yeah. My understanding is that the tourist visa doesn't stop a "tourist" from doing Umrah, but they'll still need a special Haj visa.

    As I work here I am somewhat amused at the outlandish optimism that the powers that be display in thinking that millions of tourists will be flocking to Saudi to experience the Kingdom's "delights".
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Yeah. My understanding is that the tourist visa doesn't stop a "tourist" from doing Umrah, but they'll still need a special Haj visa.
    https://www.saudia.com/before-flying...ng=en&sv_cn=BH

    Since the tourist visa is new, I'm not sure what mussies can do with it.

    I was thinking of getting one to go and do a bit of shopping, Saudi malls are cheap compared to its neighbours.

    As I work here I am somewhat amused at the outlandish optimism that the powers that be display in thinking that millions of tourists will be flocking to Saudi to experience the Kingdom's "delights".
    This is about it.

    https://everything-everywhere.com/un...-saudi-arabia/

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    I was thinking of getting one to go and do a bit of shopping
    Then I noticed it was $189 and I thought "Fuck that shit, I'll wait until work takes me back".

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Oh my, that's very ambitious...

    Looks like the Saudis have been sucking on the same crack pipe that the Thais do.

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    will they be selling tickets for the friday afternoon beheadings ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    Looks like the Saudis have been sucking on the same crack pipe that the Thais do.
    Rather contradictory of the Saudi hierarchy to promoted such broad tourism development, as deeper in their soul this type of non-Muslim activity grates against everything they know.

    I suspect that all this is merely fashionable talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    will they be selling tickets for the friday afternoon beheadings ?
    That's free. Go at the friday before Ramadan. That is when they clear the prisons before any amnesties take place.

    One thing I had not to fight temptation on. No urge to go watch. Though I was in Riyadh at the time.

    They sure have stunning dive sites. Marvellous reefs and no poor fishermen working them. Sites not good for modern big fishing trawlers.

    My daughter was born in Riyadh. She may be interested to visit.
    "don't attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence"

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Rather contradictory of the Saudi hierarchy to promoted such broad tourism development, as deeper in their soul this type of non-Muslim activity grates against everything they know.

    I suspect that all this is merely fashionable talk.
    Fucking hell you are thick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
    That's free.
    If some nasty fucker decided to start selling tickets, guaranteed they would be mobbed with fucking freaks wanting to see it in the flesh, so to speak.

    A lot of them Thais, probably, they're mad for that gory shit.

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    I'm not interested to visit if I'll have to wear a black abaya and be a ninja, with only the eyes uncovered. Though I did see a tourism spiel on YouTube saying that restrictions will be a "bit" looser re: women's dress code and unmarried couples staying together in same hotel room. I just don't know how loose it will be.

    I'll still probably have to wear loose trousers and tunic top, as well as head scarf. I have some ex-colleagues scattered around the ME, so maybe in the far future...

    They did show a fortress-like place in the desert, which they say rivals that of Petra in Jordan.

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    The Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz boxing rematch is in Diriyah, Saudi 7th Dec next month: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/boxing/0...el-prediction/

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    It's a shame that all the Saudis heading back there in a hurry don't count in the tourism stats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I'm not interested to visit if I'll have to wear a black abaya and be a ninja, with only the eyes uncovered. Though I did see a tourism spiel on YouTube saying that restrictions will be a "bit" looser re: women's dress code and unmarried couples staying together in same hotel room. I just don't know how loose it will be.

    I'll still probably have to wear loose trousers and tunic top, as well as head scarf. I have some ex-colleagues scattered around the ME, so maybe in the far future...

    They did show a fortress-like place in the desert, which they say rivals that of Petra in Jordan.

    Even over 30 years ago my wife did not have to wear the full veil in public. Also no head scarf. She did have to wear a garment called abaya but that was a simple black cape around the shoulders. She could not go out alone. For shopping a company car and driver picked up the women. At the hotel beach in Jeddah you could see women in swim suits. One even made it to a picture in a newspaper after she saved a Saudi man from drowning in the hotel pool.

    Big hotels were funny, kind of extraterritorial. For Friday brunch you could see black columns enter the bathroom and some gorgeous women coming out of it.

    I am sure you would be good if you wear something with long arms.

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    Yeah, the only time my daughter & ex-wife ever covered their hair in Jeddah was if they were going down to old-Jeddah Gold Souk during Ramadan. They never covered their faces.
    The abayas was just like a thin black dressing gown, no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    I'm not interested to visit if I'll have to wear a black abaya and be a ninja, with only the eyes uncovered.
    You'd not be required to wear a niqab, let alone a hijab. The Filipina women I see about -- some wear hijab, some don't. If there are Filipinas wearing a niqab I wouldn't know, would I?


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    Why would anyone go there and work for a regime that is one of the worst oppressors of womens' rights and freedoms in the world? Amazing how "flexible" ones' morals become when there is money to be had. Relatives of Mr Iscariot no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    The Filipina women I see about -- some wear hijab
    I would guess those are filipina muslims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe View Post
    The abayas was just like a thin black dressing gown, no big deal.
    Exactly.

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