Summary of Saudi Arabia: Open for Tourists

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A visit to Saudi Arabia – a conservative Islamic country with strict gender-based laws – is unlikely at the top of many Westerners’ bucket lists. Yet as the oil-dependent nation seeks to diversify its economy, it’s banking on tourism to supply an alternative source of revenue. While the hajj draws 15 million Muslim visitors to Mecca annually, it remains to be seen whether planned luxury resorts will appeal to Westerners. getAbstract recommends the Economist Film’s brief overview of an evolving economy to investors and to tourists seeking the road less traveled.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Saudi Arabia is investing in tourism and
  • Why this project is a risky bet.
 

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The “Edge of the World” is an expansive desert landscape located just outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital city. People visit this unique terrain for its breathtaking views, clean air and solitude. Yet by 2030, it will be home to an entertainment complex that, upon completion, will be 2.5 times the size of Walt Disney World.


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