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Saudi Arabia: Unmarried foreign couples can now share hotel rooms

Male and female tourists in Saudi Arabia can now sleep in the same hotel room without proof of marriage, the kingdom's officials have announced. Another change will allow women to book hotel rooms by themselves.

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