Saudi Arabia is placed as second biggest tourist attraction in the Middle East. In 2017, over 16 million visited the country. Most tourism in Saudi Arabia largely involves religious pilgrimages. But, there is also growth in the leisure tourism sector. The Saudi Govt is working to attract tourists other than pilgrimage tourists.
Potential tourist areas include the Hijaz and Sarawat Mountains, Red Sea diving and a number of ancient ruins.
As per World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Travel and tourism in Saudi Arabia added 9% to the Kingdom’s total economy which is worth $65.2 billion in 2018,
The top four places to visit in Saudi Arabia are Makkah, Mediana, Madain Saleh, Yanbu, Jeddah and Riyadh.
There are 13 international airports in the country and 15 domestic airports in the country. There are domestic budget airlines like Flynas, Fyadeal, Nesma Airlines, in addition to Saudi Airlines and Saudi Gulf Airlines for domestic movements.
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