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The article examines the development of pilgrim tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is associated with the performance of the Hajj rites by Muslims and Umrah. The place and role of the Kingdom in the world tourism industry assessed. The conditions that forced the Saudi leadership to diversify the economy by developing alternative types of tourism to weaken the country's dependence on oil are disclosed. The importance of implementing the ambitious project "Vision-2030" for the greatest attraction of foreign tourists, including Western countries, has been substantiated. A comparative analysis of trends in the development of the pilgrimage and traditional types of tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is carried out.
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