Saudi allows foreign men and women to share hotel rooms
In addition to that, unaccompanied women can stay in hotel rooms without a male guardian
Saudi Arabia will now allow foreign men and women to share hotel rooms without having to provide proof that they are related, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) announced.
In addition to that, unaccompanied women, both Saudi nationals and foreign, can now stay in hotel rooms without the need of a male guardian, provided they show their ID on checking-in.
The SCTH confirmed a report by Arabic-language newspaper Okaz, while adding: “All Saudi nationals are asked to show family ID or proof of relationship on checking into hotels. This is not required of foreign tourists. All women, including Saudis, can book and stay in hotels alone, providing ID on check-in.”
Last week the Kingdom opened its doors to the world, with the announcement that tourist visas will be available to citizens from 49 countries. The development is expected to create one million new jobs for the country by 2030.
The country also dropped the strict dress code for foreign women. Foreign women will not need to wear an abaya, however they will be instructed to wear “modest clothing,
The country is working on moving away from its reliance on oil and is pushing tourism aggressively.