Women, including Saudis, will also be permitted to rent hotel rooms by themselves. “All Saudi nationals are asked to show family ID or proof of relationship on checking into hotels. This is not required of foreign tourists,” the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage said on Friday.
“All women, including Saudis, can book and stay in hotels alone, providing ID on check-in.” The move is set to pave the way for unmarried foreign visitors to stay together in the conservative Muslim kingdom, where sex outside of marriage is banned, and for unaccompanied women to travel more easily. Last week, Saudi Arabia launched a new tourist visa system for 49 countries to attract holidaymakers in the hope of diversify its economy away from oil exports.