Saudi Arabia now offers its ancient biblical sites to Western tourism, and it excites a lot of people because they can now visit and experience the kingdom’s must-see religious and historical places.
A country’s travel group offers the “first-ever Christian tour of rare sites.” The tour promises visitors to have an intimate experience of the mountain that might be the real Mount Sinai, where the Lord gave the Ten Commandments to Moses.
Saudi Arabia wasn’t available for tourism for the last decades, and they have a horrible record of abuse on human rights. Now, the kingdom has decided to offer tourist visas, and it will interest people all around the world.
The Saudi government gave tourist visas to the second delegation of American evangelical leaders, and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, will host the tour.
American travel company Living Passages owner, Rhonda Sand, said, “The atmosphere in Saudi Arabia is changing. They are hard at work, developing the country for Western tourism.”
This week, Living Passages will take 25 people to what they believed to be the ancient Midian, which they call Jethro’s Caves in the land of Midian. Joel Richardson will head the tour. Joel is the author behind “Mount Sinai in Arabia: The True Location Revealed.”
Joel spoke to Fox News, “This portends to be the most important new archaeological site in modern history. We’re tremendously blessed that the Saudi government is allowing us to visit the kingdom to see some of its rich historical and geographic treasures.”
Joel said that it stirred his faith, and tourists will be motivated to see the historic mountain in person. Travelers will primarily visit the Jebel al-Laws mountain located in Midian’s ancient city. Early Bedouin, Christian, and Jewish traditions have long believed it’s the authentic Mount Sinai, which is a controversial theory. Travelers will also visit the Split Rock of Horeb, a massive stone with a gap down in the middle.
Tourists will also visit the town with an ancient well this week. It’s the location where Moses and his spouse Zipporah met after running away from Egypt. The travelers will explore Wadi Tayyib, the ruins of Dedan, along the coast of the Red Sea. And they’ll go to Tayma, where Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian King might have stayed occasionally.
Saudi Arabia hopes to boost its international tourism with first-class hotels and new museums. They also want to build Neom, a smart city within the northwest, and it might start its operation around 2025.