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The Other Magic Kingdom
Saudi Arabia is making a very risky bet that it can become an international tourist destination.
By Adam Baron
A man visiting the Hejaz train station near al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 4. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)
JANUARY 22, 2019, 12:27 PM
AL-ULA, Saudi Arabia—In the middle of the desert, the photographer framed his shot. Admiring her surroundings, his subject struck a pose and flicked her hair back and forth, embracing the open sky as her shoes crunched into the sand. Another tourist posing for a picture in front of a Middle Eastern archaeological site—among the most familiar clichés in the region.
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