Saudi Arabia aims towards a more “open-minded” culture by allowing foreign males and females to share rooms!

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Saudi Arabia definitely is changing its traditional rules and regulations. Reported from Riyadh, male and females are now allowed to rent hotel rooms without verifying their relationship, after the Kingdom passed tourism visas for outsiders.

Unlike in the previous days, women being alone itself are allowed to rent rooms according to the change in the new rules and regulations.

This rule has been passed mainly for foreign women for their ease, who travel unaccompanied or couples visiting from outer counter, where living in a society of cohabitation is not an issue, hence they have a pleasant stay in the kingdom.

According to a confirmed report in the Arabic-language newspaper Okaz, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage states that all nationals are required to show their IDs and relationship proof. However, this rule no more applies to all tourists traveling to the country, including Saudi females, regarding they provide their ID only.

Saudi Arabia moves forward to cope up with the rest of the word by changing its traditional laws. The new foremost rules include open tourist visas for 49 different states. This is mainly to improve the tourism sector of the country and diversify its economy instead of focusing only on oil reserves. Moreover, females are no longer required to wear “abaya” in public. However, alcohol is still remains banned.

Up to this point, outsiders heading out to Saudi Arabia have been generally limited to inhabitant laborers and their wards, business explorers, and Muslim travelers who are given uncommon visas to visit the sacred urban communities of Mecca and Medina.

The kingdom has remained the same for decades until the ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shared his ambitious economic and social reform agendas.

However, there is a possibility this may backlash by the conservatives in the country. Where on one hand he has received international praise, on the other his image has been corrupted after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a crackdown on dissent, and a devastating war in Yemen.

By Barirah Abdul Khaliq

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