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26 April 2016
Only on AP: UAE Saudi Arabia Prince
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* UAE / Saudi Arabia Prince / Story #4033269

Saudi Arabia said it wants to open itself up to tourism as part of a long-term plan to create more jobs and transform its economy in an era of lower oil prices.

Speaking at Dubai's Arabian Travel Market, the head of Saudi's tourism authority, Prince Sultan bin Salman, said the country needs to capitalise on the millions of Muslim pilgrims who visit annually and on its own citizens, who are big spenders abroad.

The prince, who is King Salman's eldest son, told The Associated Press in an interview today that the conservative Muslim kingdom is not going to swing open its doors to the world's travellers, but will allow tens of thousands of select tourists to eventually apply for tourism visas.

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