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Saudi Arabia to start issuing tourist visas

The Saudi government has approved a plan to begin issuing tourist visas.

Arabic publication Al-Watan cited sources as confirming that tourist visas would soon be available.

In the first stage of the initiative, visas will only be available for tour groups through authorised operators, according to the publication.

Jamal Al-Fakhri, a member of the Shoura Council and the executive committee of Tabuk Tourism Development Council, told Al Watan that he hoped Tabuk would become “a destination for tourists in the region.”

He said that the Public Investment Fund (PIF) would help to promote tourism in Saudi Arabia, adding that tourism projects “with further diversify job opportunities” in the Kingdom.

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