Saudi tourism flourishing after relaxed rules

SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia Polish tourists listen to a guide as they visit the King Abdulaziz museum of Masmak in the old quarter of the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 17, 2019.

Citizens from 49 countries are now eligible for tourist visas online or on arrival to Saudi Arabia, thanks to a landmark decision enacted last month, relaxing rules that had largely restricted visits to business travellers and Muslim pilgrims, with the authorities banking on large cities like the capital Riyadh and the western Red Sea port of Jeddah through large-scale investments, including in entertainment. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)