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Saudi Arabia opens its doors to tourists as part of push to boost investment

Saudi Arabia has thrown open its doors to foreign tourists, launching a new visa regime for 49 countries and appealing to foreign companies to invest in a sector it hopes will contribute 10 per cent of GDP by 2030.

The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom, relatively closed off for decades, has in recent years relaxed strict social codes, like segregating men and women in public places and requiring women to wear all-covering black robes, or abayas.

  • ABC News and Reuters

Tourism chief Ahmed al-Khateeb said in an interview ahead of the official announcement that abayas will not be …

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