Saudi women & foreign couples now allowed to rent rooms as kingdom parts with medieval laws

Breaking with its behind-the-times relationship laws, Saudi Arabia has determined to let foreign males and women share resort rooms, as a part of a marketing campaign to make the kingdom extra interesting to holidaymakers.

Before the brand new reforms, foreign males and women had to show they had been associated in the event that they needed to shack up collectively within the kingdom. The new coverage may even apply to Saudi women, who had been beforehand prohibited from renting resort rooms by themselves.

Saudi nationals will nonetheless be required to present household ID or proof of relationship when checking into accommodations, however such documentation is not going to be required for foreign vacationers, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage confirmed on Friday. The company added that every one women, together with Saudis, can e book and keep in accommodations alone.

The kingdom introduced final week that it will start accepting vacationers from 49 international locations as a part of an initiative to diversify its energy-focused economic system. Female guests is not going to be required to cowl themselves head-to-toe, however have been instructed to gown modestly. Alcohol continues to be strictly prohibited.

Riyadh hopes the relaxed guidelines will appeal to up to 100 million vacationers yearly by 2030. The deeply conservative nation has been slowly parting methods with its extra excessive laws. Last yr, it ended its uniquely backward ban on women driving.