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Saudi Arabia to turn 50 Red Sea islands into luxury tourism resorts ‘not subject to conservative kingdom’s rules’

Saudi Arabia to turn 50 Red Sea islands into luxury tourism resorts ‘not subject to conservative kingdom’s rules’

Kingdom hopes new Red Sea holiday zone with a year-round average temperature of 30c will draw up to one million tourists a year as part of drive t

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Farasan Island, one of the almost untouched Red Sea sites which will be developed

Kingdom hopes new Red Sea holiday zone with a year-round average temperature of 30c will draw up to one million tourists a year as part of drive to end reliance on oil revenue .

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced it plans to turn a huge part of its pristine Red Sea coastline into a semi-autonomous luxury beach resort.

The 50 islands and 180km (110 miles) stretch of coastline – amounting to an area the size of Belgium –  will be developed to home luxury hotels and other necessary infrastructure which will exist under laws “on par with international standards” in an effort to draw tourists to the country, the government said Tuesday.

The plans are part of“Vision 2030”, Saudi Arabia’s long-term blueprint for weaning itself off its reliance on oil revenue. It involves investments to the tune of $20m (£15.6m) – including a shot in the arm for the kingdom’s nascent tourism industry.

While 18 million people visited Saudi Arabia from abroad in 2016, almost all foreigners came on pilgrimage to Mecca, rather than to spend time and money soaking up the country’s other sights.

Although the Kingdom is home to many archaeological sites, pristine beaches and excellent diving, it’s not thought of as a holiday destination like Egypt’s Red Sea resorts or the city of Petra in Jordan.

Conservative social rules, a lack of alcohol and restrictive dress codes coupled with blazing desert heat aren’t the usual ingredients Western holidaymakers look for.

Forms of recreation such as theatre and cinemas are banned, and despite tentative efforts at reform, Saudi Arabia is still widely criticised for its institutionalised discrimination against women.

Nonetheless, the Kingdom’s authorities say the new tourist zone will not necessarily be subject to the laws in place in the rest of the country, and they are working on introducing tourist visas to make it easier for foreigners to visit. It is hoped one million people a year will visit 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 (£3bn) a year.

 

 

 

 

 

independent.co.uk

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