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Saudi Arabia Scrambles to Cure Its COVID-19 Tourism Woes

Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Jun 19, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
Muslim pilgrims wear masks at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on Feb. 28, 2020.

Muslim pilgrims wear masks at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on Feb. 28, 2020. 

(ABDEL GHANI BASHIR/AFP via Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia will try to simulate key aspects of its tourism industry to offset the damage from this year's canceled hajj and limited umrah pilgrimages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But even with support, Riyadh will still miss Vision 2030 goals in the sector, leaving the kingdom reliant on oil income well into the global energy transition. ...

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