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Saudi official rules out changing laws to introduce alcohol

Assistant Minister of Tourism Princess Haifa Bint Mohammed ruled out the option to change laws in Saudi Arabia to introduce alcohol in the Kingdom.

The official was asked, in a panel session about Saudi Arabia at the World Economic Forum, about the possibility of offering alcohol in new destinations such as NEOM.

“The short answer is that we’re going to continue with our current laws.” The official pointed out that the Kingdom “is doing very well” when it comes to attracting tourists and opening the country for visitors from around the world.

Since the Kingdom introduced the new visa regime, the question that has been repeatedly asked quite often is whether the Kingdom will allow offering alcohol in public like other GCC neighbouring countries. Saudi officials have continuously refuted any claims that the country might loosen up on allowing alcohol in public.


Saudi Gazette

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