Saudi Arabia has announced a new visa regime, for the first time, opening the door for foreign tourists.

Details regarding the visa regime will be announced Friday evening at an event in the city of al-Girye, is spoken in the message of the General Directorate for tourism and national heritage of Saudi Arabia.

The opening of the country to tourism is a key event in the framework of the reform program 30 Vision, which aims to diversify the country’s economy and reducing its dependence on oil.

The authorities expect that by 2030 the number of tourists will reach 100 million people per year, which will attract significant investment and will create a million jobs.

The income from tourism, hopes the Kingdom will make up 10% of GDP, the report says.

The authorities will begin to accept applications for tourist visas online from the citizens of 49 countries, starting Saturday, while citizens are not included in this number of States can apply to foreign embassies and consulates, said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the office Ahmad al-Khatib in an interview with Bloomberg TV.