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Saudi’s crown prince creates personal army

Saudi’s crown prince creates personal army

Women over 25 won't need to be accompanied by a family member.

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Head of the Saudi Federation for Sports Media, Raja Al-Sulami, detailed the preparations undertaken to ready the stadiums for female fans. "I am very proud to be a witness of this massive change", she said.

Many Saudi women already drive in neighboring Arab countries and in Europe and the United States.

The Saudi government's amendment of its tourist visa policy to allow women to enter the country without a mahram (male chaperone) is proof that the country's administration is improving its stand on women's rights.

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"It is known that women are the largest section who shop in malls", she said.

However, Saudi Arabia still lags behind the rest of the world in women's rights, being particularly criticized for its strict male guardianship system.

"The concern that, you know, most of the people have right now in the US, and in France, is that the message in Saudi Arabia should be that you have a rule of law that nobody is above, but, it is very important to define the rule of law and to present it to make the foreign investors secure about it".

However, after King Salman ascended the throne, he tried to break the country's patriarchal traditions for allowing women to progress.

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The first match witnessed by women in the ultra-conservative kingdom will be held at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City, which will see the stadium's home team Al-Ahli play against fellow Saudi Pro League team Al-Batin from the Eastern Province.

A decades long ban on cinemas was lifted in December as part of the crown prince's vision to boost the country's entertainment industry.

Details are emerging on how tourist visas to Saudi Arabia will work, as the kingdom opens itself up to global visitors.

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