“We will continue with our current laws,” states Assistant Minister of Tourism Princess Haifa Bint Mohammed. This was directed to a panel at the WEF (World Economic Forum).
Saudi Arabia will not change the current laws on drinking alcohol, a senior tourism official reaffirmed this week.
Princess Haifa Bint Mohammed spoke at a panel about Saudi Arabia at the World Economic Forum. She stated that “the short answer is that we will continue with our current laws.”
In a clip posted by The Saudi Gazette, Princess Haifa said that the country has been doing well as a tourism destination.
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She said, “We [Saudi Arabia] have been outperforming globally regarding tourism with whatever we currently have to offer today.”
The senior tourism official responded to several questions. One such about whether destinations such as NEOM would explore the possibility of serving alcohol.
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Princess Haifa spoke at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting that took place in Davos, Switzerland, this week.
The World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Development Index for 2021 was also published during the WEF annual meeting. Saudi Arabia climbed ten places from 43 in 2019 to 33 in 2021.
Saudi Arabia had the second-highest improvement in ranking in the report. The TTDI measures and benchmarks 117 countries on 17 factors.
It also uses policies that enable the sustainable and resilient development of the travel and tourism sector. This contributes to the development of a country.
Saudi Arabia now ranks behind the UAE in the MENA region, which climbed one place to 25 in the index.