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Saudi Arabia seeks Islamic tourism boost in nation's economic reform

Cranes working outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand the country's tourism.


A FEW steps away from Mecca's Grand Mosque, a dozen empty towers rise into the sky above the holy city visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims every year.

Hilton and Marriott logos adorn the site, heralding the US$3.2 billion Jabal Omar complex that is being built to bring...

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