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    Saudi Arabia

    Hello World!  -says a destination in the making

    Saudi Arabia is currently in an interesting process of developing its tourism industry, with a focus on heritage and cultural tourism. It is not yet a crowded holiday destination for Western tourists, but the government has introduced several initiatives to attract visitors. Major attractions include the ancient city of Mada'in Saleh, the amazing Al-Ula archaeological site, the Red Sea coast, and the capital city of Riyadh.
    The best time to visit Saudi Arabia for holidaymakers is during the winter months from November to February, when the weather is mild and pleasant. The cost of living in Saudi Arabia is generally lower than in Sweden, but prices can vary depending on the type of accommodation and activities chosen.

    Ofcourse, the main reason for travelling to KSA remains the religious Hajj and Umrah - Islamic pilgrimages that take place in Mecca. Hajj takes place once a year during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, while Umrah can be performed throughout the year. Hajj is one of the largest gatherings of people in the world, with millions of Muslims traveling to Mecca each year to perform the pilgrimage. Umrah is less formal and can be completed in a few hours, while Hajj takes several days to complete.

    Western tourists are required to follow the country's strict dress code and cultural norms, and are expected to dress modestly in public places. Bikinis are not allowed in public areas, but women are allowed to wear them in designated beaches or pools in private resorts.

    The time zone in Saudi Arabia is UTC+3 and there is a one-hour time difference with Sweden. The currency used is the Saudi Riyal.

    Major international airports are King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Popular airlines for travelling to Saudi Arabia from Sweden include Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Saudia.

    A visa is required for Swedish citizens to visit Saudi Arabia, which can be obtained through an online application or through a Saudi embassy or consulate. 

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