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‘White oil’: Saudi Arabia seeks place on tourism map

AL WAHBAH: Gazing at a shimmering salt pan below, a group of first-time Saudi hikers descended craggy slopes into a volcanic crater, part of a hidden trove of natural wonders being promoted to kickstart tourism. Saudi Arabia will soon begin issuing tourist visas, opening up one of the last frontiers of global tourism -- a sector touted as the desert kingdom´s "white oil" -- as it steps up diversification efforts to wean itself off its crude oil dependence. But the country, known for sex segregation and its austere…