Previously the country could only be visited by businessmen and pilgrims.
Saudi Arabia is still considered one of the most closed countries. The authorities presented the first tourist destination — the natural and cultural world heritage site of al-Ula. In this presentation, the Executive Director of the Royal Commission for the development of al-Ula said that by 2023, the projected increase of tourists to 230 thousand, and by 2035 from 1.5 to 2 million.
In this region is the country’s first UNESCO heritage site, a huge complex of archaeological sites, ancient tombs of Mada’in Salih. Earlier in this place was an ancient city of the Nabataean Kingdom Hegra, which was second in importance only to the Nabataean capital Petra (today’s Jordan).
The rocks exposed ancient tombs, rock inscriptions, sculptures, free for all tourists. According to the curators of the project of development of the resort over the past year, a UNESCO heritage site was visited by about 30 thousand people. In the plans of Saudi Arabia in 2030 to increase the number of visitors to 30 million per year. Rely on the creation of the Islands in the Red sea luxury beach resort, do not obey the strict laws of the Kingdom.
As reported by “Around the world. Ukraine” Saudi Arabia wants to attract tourists to the city of Jinn.