Saudi women attend sports event for first time

Glen Norman
January 14, 2018

Saudi Arabia, which was the only nation around the globe to prohibit female drivers, a year ago also permitted women to drive in the nation. Local media said women would also have their own designated smoking areas.

Females were in attendance at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah to witness Al-Ahli defeat Al-Batin 5-0. "Some thought it wouldn't be very safe or organized", said Swick, who attended the game with her Saudi husband and son, and her American mother.

Friday's match was the first in a series that will be open to women: a second is due to take place on Saturday and a third on January 18.


Evidence is being collected against "fugitives" in order to issue indictments against them and request that foreign governments return them to the kingdom, Saud al-Muajab told Arrajol magazine in an interview published on Thursday.

Some used the hashtag to share photos of female spectators wearing their team's colors in scarves thrown over their abayas.

There are still many things women are unable to do without permission, such as applying for passports, travelling overseas, opening a bank account and starting certain businesses.


The prince will inherit a country in which more than half the population is under the age of 25 and yearning for progressive change, which will soon include allowing women into movie theaters and encouraging them to work in the Saudi labor market. The company plans to open more automobiles showrooms for women in the oil-rich kingdom.

Some 10,000 seats have been allocated for women and families in King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah for the domestic league match between al-Ahly and al-Baten - one of three games that Saudi authorities said women would be allowed to attend this month.


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