Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up - News Summed Up

Western tourists trickle into Saudi Arabia as it tries to open up


Thousa­nds of fans flocke­d to Riyadh’s histor­ic Diriya­h distri­ct for Formul­a E tourna­ment, and concer­tsRIYADH: Western tourists, a rarity in Saudi Arabia, visited this weekend under a new visa system, as one of the world’s most inaccessible countries tries to open up its society and diversify its economy away from oil. Saudi Arabia to offer visitor visa for special events from DecemberNow the crown prince is seeking to develop new industries to wean the world’s top oil exporter off petro-dollars. Such efforts have been overshadowed recently by the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the crown prince, with the US Senate blaming Prince Mohammed and insisting that Saudi Arabia hold accountable anyone responsible. Saudi officials have denied Prince Mohammed ordered the hit, but their changing accounts and ties between him and some of the suspects have complicated Riyadh’s efforts to move on. “That applies to Saudi Arabia, too.”Read full story


Source: The Express Tribune December 15, 2018 15:00 UTC



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