Saudi Arabia has decided to raise the ban on women entering sports fields and allow them to attend events in three stadiums starting in early 2018, the General Authority for Sports announced in Sunday.
Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam have been determined by the government committee to be the first Saudi cities where women enter stadiums to attend other sports and games beside men
The authority said in a press conference
“In line with the directives of our wise leadership and its interest in all sectors of society, it has been decided to start preparing three playgrounds to be ready for families ent in accordance with the relevant regulations in early 2018.”
The three stadiums are King Fahad Stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah City in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam.
Saudi Arabia prevents mixing between women and men in public places. But women were allowed to enter a football stadium in Riyadh last September for the first time as they attended a National Day celebration
Saudi Arabia imposes some of the most severe restrictions on women in the world. But the government appears to be working to reduce it within its Vision 2030 for economic and social reforms
On September 26, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz issued a royal order that allowed for the first time the women to get license in order to drive cars. Supposed the implementation of the resolution is due to begin in June 2018
Saudi Arabia, which enforces Islamic law and strict social norms, ( until the Implementation of the resolution ) is the only country in the world that prevents women from driving cars