RIYADH – LGBT visitors are welcome in Saudi Arabia, and unmarried couples can share accommodations on the official tourism website.
Visit Saudi Arabia’s Frequently Asked Questions section answers the question, “Are LGBT visitors welcome to visit Saudi Arabia?” The answer is: “Everyone is welcome to visit Saudi Arabia and visitors are not asked to disclose such personal details.“
In addition, the website answers the question, “Are unmarried couples welcome to visit Saudi Arabia? According to the website, anyone is welcome to visit Saudi Arabia. Travelling abroad requires respecting local customs and acting in a culturally appropriate manner. Unmarried couples are permitted to live together.
Saudi Arabia, however, continues to adhere to the Islamic ban on alcohol.
The question on the website is, “Is alcohol available in Saudi Arabia?” The answer is, “No. Alcohol consumption is forbidden in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia provides distinctive and genuine experiences. These can be enjoyed without alcohol by adventurers, culture enthusiasts, and explorers.
In recent years, Saudi Arabia has made a concerted effort to grow its tourism sector as part of its Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy and lessen reliance on oil.
The government has started several initiatives to entice more visitors to the nation, including removing visa requirements and funding infrastructure, attractions, and events.