Saudi Arabia has welcomed 24,000 tourists in the span of 10 days after it granted tourism visas for the first time, as per the Saudi state television reports on Tuesday.
The Kingdom has announced on the 27th September that it would start giving tourists visas, hence opening up the Kingdom for holidaymakers as part of the drive to diversify its economy which is oil-dependent.
The television issued a report, quoting the foreign ministry of Saudi Arabia that in ten days’ time, some 24,000 foreigners entered Saudi Arabia on the tourist visa.
Up until the 27th of September, the Islamic state only issued visas to the Muslim pilgrims, the foreign workers and the spectators at cultural and sporting festivals.
For encouraging the arrivals of the tourists, the authorities have also announced on Sunday that they would be permitting the unmarried foreign couples to rent hotel rooms together.
To boost tourism is part of the vision of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for preparing the Arab world’s biggest economy for a post-oil era.
The citizens from forty-nine nations are now eligible for getting online e-visas on arrival which includes the United States, Australia, Singapore, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, and China.