Saudi women may now go to stadiums
SAUDI Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events, preparing special sections in three selected stadiums from early next year in another step toward opening public spaces to women.
The stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families from early next year, a statement from the General Sports Authority said on Sunday.
Last month, Saudi Arabia announced that, from June, women would be allowed to drive cars, ending the world’s only ban on female driving.
An economic and social reform programme led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to open up cloistered lifestyles, shaped in part by a strict, conservative version of Sunni Islam that limits the role of women.
Prince Mohammed also seeks to diversify the economy away from oil as part of his proposed reforms.
The crown prince will be the first Saudi leader since 1953 to hail from a new generation when he inherits the throne.