Saudi women attend football game for the first time ever


Female football fans wearing scarves and waving flags took their seats at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah for Al-Ahli's match against Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League.

Many used the hashtag to write that women's place should be in the home, focusing on their children and preserving their faith, and not out at a stadium where male crowds frequently curse and chant raucously.

In November 2017, the Jeddah Women's Championship organized the first women's basketball tournament in Saudi Arabia, which was held in Al Jawhara Stadium.

As cinemas prepare to make a comeback in Saudi Arabia, Cinema 70, the kingdom's first cinema brand, will be presenting a series of global family movies over the next six days of this month.

The showroom opened on Thursday at Le Mall in Jeddah by a Saudi private company, where it offers a wide selection of auto makes and models, and is staffed by women only. "I am very proud to be a witness of this massive change", she told AFP.

The law was revoked in September as part of a liberalization program led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, and amid growing protests by women who were getting behind the wheel in defiance of the restriction.

Ruwayda Ali Qassem, another Jeddah resident, said Friday was a "historic day in the kingdom which culminates [in] ongoing fundamental changes".

Last month, an 80-year-old Palestinian billionaire businessman Sabih al-Masri was detained in Saudi Arabia where he was questioned over information relating to corruption.

Meanwhile, UBER has already announced a plan to open centres for recruiting women drivers, who the company calls "partners".

However, Farah said that she'll wait and see if many other females will start driving before she'll consider driving herself. "It's a day of happiness and joy".

Yet Saudi activists on social media said the rally staged by the arrested princes was an objection to a campaign of arrests targeting royals and the absence of former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

State-owned Saudi Airlines announced prizes of free tickets for five families who wish to travel between cities to watch football games.