The Saudi Arabian government has enacted new immigration laws that allows unmarried foreign men and women to share hotel rooms while on vacation in the country.The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage said in a statement.
Before now, unmarried couples, visitors and citizens couldn’t share the same hotel rooms unless they provided proof of marriage, and anyone found guilty of committing the ‘crime’ faced jail time or cane lashes.
Though, Saudi nationals will still need to provide proof of marriage before sharing hotel rooms as the law only applies to foreign visitors.
The move comes amid deep reforms over the past year by the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who has lifted a ban on cinemas in the kingdom and the world’s only ban on women driving.
“This is not required of foreign tourists. All women, including Saudis, can book and stay in hotels alone, providing ID on check-in.”
“The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage has recently approved the new regulations of tourism accommodations.
The ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, enacted new law as Foreign women under 45 years traveling alone can now book rooms for the first time. Before foreign women needed an older figure to be able to book rooms.
They also enacted the new visa rules to boost tourism and diversify its oil-reliant economy with a plan of attracting an annual 100 million visitors (international and domestic) by 2030, with tourism contributing up to 10% of GDP.