Alcohol is not available but tourists come
Saudi Arabia has a transparent position on every issue. The heads of state themselves have repeatedly stated their position on alcohol. She said the answer to the question raised in this regard was to go ahead with the existing law. She added that despite the current restrictions, it is attracting a large number of tourists. The country is also doing well in providing facilities for foreign tourists. With the facilities we provide today, Saudi Arabia has been able to overtake other countries in the field of tourism. Although nothing new was brought in, they made it clear that the country has a lot to attract foreigners.
Great potential for tourism in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Since 2018, Saudi Arabia has been able to open up to others with core economic and social changes. In 2019, the country also implemented the tourist visa system for the first time. As many as four lakh tourist visas were issued in the six months before the travel ban as part of the Kovid restrictions, Assistant Minister of Tourism Haifa Bint Mohammed Princess said. According to the report, Saudi Arabia will receive 63 million visitors in 2021, ranking second in the Economic Forum on Tourism Development and 33rd out of 100 countries. In 2018, 41 million people, including Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, visited the country. But by 2021, it will have risen to 63 million, he added.
Neom City CEO talks about alcohol
Joseph Bradley, CEO of Neom City’s Tech and Digital Holding Company, had earlier told AFP that the possibility of alcohol availability in the new tourist city of Neom City, which is under construction under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, could not be ruled out. In connection with this, the question arose as to whether alcohol would be allowed in the World Economic Forum. But the minister’s response was to reject the CEO’s position. Liquor distribution is not allowed in Saudi Arabia, where Muslim shrines are located, including Makkah and Madinah. In other Arab countries, foreigners are allowed to drink alcohol subject to conditions, but in Saudi Arabia there is a complete ban on alcohol. In an interview with AFP, Joseph Bradley said that special laws would be introduced in NIOM, unlike elsewhere in Saudi Arabia, and that legislation was in progress. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But he added that everyone knows that alcohol needs to be made available to attract foreign talent and tourists. He said in an interview with the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh that the question that arises from anywhere in the world is whether alcohol will be allowed in Nium.
The Crown Prince had earlier ruled out the possibility of a liquor supply
However, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and Minister of Defense, made it clear that the issue of allowing alcohol in Saudi Arabia did not arise when the controversy erupted in 2017, when the Neom City project was launched. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture, and that his confession had been obtained through torture. The NEOM project will cater to all the needs of foreign investors and tourists without violating the laws of the country. 98% of the facilities implemented in other similar cities can also be implemented in the NEOM project. But the crown prince had said that two per cent facilities, including alcohol, were not possible. Saudi officials say foreigners who want to drink alcohol can easily travel from the NEOM project area to Egypt and Jordan.
Controversy over Neom’s sovereignty
The controversy was sparked by Andrew McEvoy’s, managing director of the Nium City Tourism Division, who said yesterday that Saudi law does not apply to Nioma City and treats it as a separate nation and that its citizens are known as Nyomi, not Saudis. The Saudi government subsequently rejected his statement. The Saudi response was that the Neom City would be completely under Saudi sovereignty. The Saudi Press Agency said in a statement that the “misconceptions” were unfounded. The NEOM City project is one of the most important projects under the Saudi Public Investment Fund. Neom City will operate as a special economic zone in Saudi Arabia. At the same time, it will be completely under Saudi sovereignty. The same economic laws of Saudi Arabia apply to this special economic zone. The Saudi news agency said in a statement that the Saudi government would have “sovereignty over security, defense and the rule of law.”