Dubai/Riyadh — Saudi Arabia will drop its strict dress code for foreign women as it seeks, for the first time, to lure holidaymakers and the spending that could help develop the country's economy away from its reliance on oil.

Foreign women won’t have to wear an abaya, the flowing cloak that’s been mandatory attire for decades, though they’ll be instructed to wear “modest clothing”, said Ahmed al-Khateeb, chair of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and a key adviser to crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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