Saudi women enter stadium for first time to watch soccer

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The Saudi government allowed women to observe the game with other family members at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium, Al Arabiya local news reported on Friday.

Al-Ahli took on Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jedda, and after a decision announced in October, females were permitted to watch the match in person for the first tine in the country's history.

To prepare them for this new-found freedom, the first women's vehicle showroom has opened in the city of Jeddah on Thursday.

On Thursday, Jeddah held Saudi Arabia's first vehicle exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia announced it would grant them the right to drive.

The introduction of women to soccer matches in Saudi is part of reforms in the Kingdom with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, seen by many as the face of that change. On Saturday, the national stadium in the capital, Riyadh, will open its gates for women to attend a soccer game.

These recent reforms are under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is attempting to make the Kingdom more moderate.

"We aim god willing to raise it to 40 percent by 2030, through several events, and today's is one of these events".

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