KSA Places Restriction On Hajj Amid COIVD-19, But Entertainment Events For Foreigners Will Be ‘Twice As Big’

Last year in July, only around 10,000 residents were able to perform Hajj, a far cry from more than 2.5 million who performed the pilgrimage in 2019.

Hajj Arabic Calligraphy, Animated Calligraphy, Stock Footage Video (100% Royalty-free) 1033043807 | ShutterstockThe Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has barred foreigners abroad from performing the annual pilgrimage of Hajj for a second straight year as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

This year, the kingdom will only permit 60,000 residents, vaccinated against the coronavirus, to perform Hajj.

Last year in July, only around 10,000 residents were able to perform Hajj, a far cry from more than 2.5 million who performed the pilgrimage in 2019.

However, the kingdom limited these restrictions only for Hajj as it is planning to host several “entertainment events” this year for foreign tourists.

According to Visit Saudi by the Saudi tourism authority, the kingdom is preparing to host tourism and entertainment seasons in the fourth quarter of 2021 with “more excitement and larger-scale events”.

The Saudi tourism platform also revealed that entertainment seasons strive to serve all various parts of the society via diverse entertainment, arts, and cultural enterprises and experiences.

The entertainment events are being marketed heavily across the kingdom, with slogans and posters such as “ نعوضك السنتين الماضية (We will compensate you for the two past years)” being distributed across the capital city of Riyadh and throughout social media.

According to Saudi-based Arab News, the entertainment events are predicted to be “twice as big” this year.

(Arab News)

Tourism and entertainment events are part of Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030”, which aims to diversify the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy into various sectors.

According to the US-based Research and Markets study, the Saudi entertainment and recreation division is projected to be worth $1.17 billion by 2030 and expand by a whopping 47.65% per year.

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