Saudi Kingdom to turn 50 Red Sea Islands into luxury tourism resorts ‘not subject to Islamic rules’

Plying on the efforts of weaning itself from reliance on only oil resources, Saudi Arabia is planning to convert a huge part of its pristine red sea coastline into a semi-autonomous luxury beach resort.

The total coastlines stretch upto 180 kms equal to the size of Belgium. This much of area is planned to be developed into luxury hotels and necessary infrastructure which will eventually exist under laws.

These efforts are made so that a large number of tourists turn up and revenue is generated.

This announcement has come as a part of vision 2030 and involves the investment of $20.
Although The flux of visitors to the country is quite high but the majority of those visitors are pilgrims,who don’t spend much time in the country thus cant generate much revenue.

Pertinent to mention here is that the country is ruled by some stringent rules like the alcohol consumption is banned , strict dress code is to be followed, women cant visit the place without a male guardian, theatres are banned, cinemas are closed down.

Moreover, the country is still not offering tourist Visa which makes the travel difficult.

So it will be interesting to see how the kingdom is going to operate the these to be tourist destinations although kingdom authorities say the new tourist zone will not necessarily be subject to the laws in place in the rest of the country, although there are no details on how the semi-autonomous area will function yet. The government is working on introducing tourist visas to make it easier for foreigners to visit. It is hoped one million people a year – a combined domestic and international total – will stay at the new Red Sea destinations by 2035.

Construction at the Red Sea site will begin in autumn 2019 and be completed by the end of 2022, state news agency SPA said. The Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund will provide the initial funding before international bodies are invited to invest.

Up to 35,000 jobs will be created by the project, which is eventually projected to generate 15 billion riyals.

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