Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced the revitalization of the nation’s tourism industry, particularly in the area of luxury travel. This announcement is a large-scale effort toward Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” plan, a long-term project that opens the nation to sources of revenue besides oil. 50 islands, 110 miles of Red Sea coastline, are set to become luxury hotels and beach resorts, fitted with the amenities necessary for utmost comfort.
In the announcement, it was also said that these tourist hotspots will be fashioned under laws “on par with international standards,” so tourists feel welcome. While it’s yet unclear which parts of law will bend—a restrictive dress code, a ban on alcohol and conservative social regulations are intrinsic to Saudi Arabia’s culture—the plan is to entertain at least one million visitors per year by 2035. That means, most likely in the area of women’s beachwear, rules will moreso match Western ideals. This goal is aided by Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow tourist visas, making it easier for foreigners to travel back and forth. Outside of Mecca, where a majority of Saudi Arabia’s 18 million 2016 visitors went, there are a number of stunning sights and destinations. There are dozens of archaeological sites, such as the Rock Carvings and the famed Medain Saleh. There’s King’s Fountain in Jedah, beautiful water spots like the Yanbu Lakes and numerous museums. The Red Sea, where the luxury resorts will be built, maintain a warm 30°C (86°F) year-round.
Construction of the site won’t begin until the fall of 2019, and won’t end until around the same time in 2022. The crystal clear waters, white sand and balmy air are the perfect enticements for luxury travel. Guests can certainly expect the perfect tan on the beach, and a night sky full of stars when they finally retire for the night. Undoubtedly, entertainment like boating and reef exploration will be permissible as well.
Regarding this Red Sea project, Saudi Arabia’s Public Invest Fund remarked that it’s an “…exquisite luxury resort destination established across 50 untouched natural islands” and “…will be a luxury resort destination situated across the islands of a lagoon and steeped in nature and culture.” As the project’s construction sets into its first stages, more news will follow. Keep a look out, and join in on Saudi Arabia’s new embrace of luxury travel.