Published: Сб, Января 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

10, 000 female drivers to be recruited in Saudi Arabia

10, 000 female drivers to be recruited in Saudi Arabia

Uber and Careem, a Dubai-based ride-hailing app, are preparing to hire female drivers in Saudi Arabia after the country announced its plan to allow women to drive by mid-2018, CNN reported.

In December, Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) in Jeddah issued the first license allowing travel agencies labeled as category D to issue tourist visas.

Saudi Arabia will allow women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes.

The Islamic kingdom has announced a series of reforms initiated by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since a year ago.

It is yet another historic day in Saudi Arabia has the King Abdullah Sport City stadium in Jeddah is set to open its doors for Saudi women to attend the Saudi professional League game scheduled between Al Ahli club of Jeddah and al-Batin. Stadiums will also have separate cafes and prayer rooms for women. "Any decision brings criticism but most people support it". If a woman is at the stadium with her husband, father or brother, the players will be more excited.

Alone or accompanied by their families, many women sat in reserved seats in Jeddah's Pearl stadium.

Saudi women tour the auto showroom for women in the Saudi Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

These stadiums were built with hundreds of millions of dollars when oil prices were almost double what they are now.

Women will also be allowed to attend a match on Saturday in the capital Riyadh and on January 18 in the eastern city of Dammam. The government spent lavishly on the stadiums in an effort to appease young Saudis and provide spaces for fans eager to cheer on local clubs, as well as hold national parades and ceremonies.

Some pictures showed women with children entering the stadium, where signs were posted to indicate an entrance for families.

"There will be a lot of women attending games as they have been waiting for this for many years", said Khalin Ghadin of the Saudi Premier League, although the official acknowledged that there had been some negative reaction on social media. We have been waiting for a long time and this is a new feeling for everyone.

Before the ban is lifted in June, women continue to face arrest and prison time for driving cars.

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