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Saudi Arabia to begin issuing tourist visas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to start issuing tourist visas "soon", authorities said on Tuesday, as the kingdom seeks to attract international visitors in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy. Tourism is seen as a major driver of growth as the kingdom attempts to wean itself off its dependence on petrodollars amid a protracted oil slump. "Tourist visas will be introduced soon," Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, head of the Saudi tourism authority, was quoted as saying in a statement. He did not specify…