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Saudi Arabia To Allow Women Into Sports Stadiums

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Women in Saudi Arabia will reportedly be allowed to attend sporting events in stadiums next year, according to reports.

They will be allowed into stadiums in the major cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues to chart a more modern course for the conservative country, which for decades had banned concerts and film screenings and arrested women who attempted to drive.

The prince with the support of his father, the king has pushed forth changes that could usher in a new era and swing the kingdom away from decades of ultraconservative dogma and restrictions.

He’s introduced musical concerts and movies again and is seen as the force behind the king’s decision to grant women the right to drive as of next year.

The prince’s agenda is upending the ruling Al Saud’s longstanding alliance with the kingdom’s clerical establishment in favour of synchronising with a more cosmopolitan, global capitalism that appeals to international investors and maybe even non-Muslim tourists.

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Akin Akingbala is an international journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Aside being happily married, he has interests in music, sports and loves traveling.

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