Photography to be permitted in Saudi

Photographers may soon be free to take pictures in public in Saudi Arabia, after the government announced plans to promote the Kingdom's culture and heritage.

According to the Kingdom's Supreme Commission for Tourism, officials have been asked by Interior Minister Prince Naief Bin Abdul Aziz to implement a Royal Decree that will mean that taking photographs in public places and tourist sites is allowed.

The decree, which will apply to both personal and commercial photography, is good news for advertisers who have been starved of images of the kingdom. In a statement, the commission said: "It is expected that these regulations will contribute in reflecting the true image of the Kingdom through manifesting its beautiful culture and heritage, natural resources, its tourism wealth, in addition to urban development components."

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