Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch soccer

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Women in Saudi Arabia have watched football in a stadium in the Kingdom for the first time

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Women in Saudi Arabia have watched football in a stadium in the Kingdom for the first time

"My auto would be parked outside and I could not drive", Nawal al-Jabbar, a 50-year-old mother of three, told the Hindustan Times. The option will "only be available to other women and families", Careem spokesman Murtadha Alalawi said.

"The tourist visa will be a single-entry visa, and valid for 30 days maximum". This visa is added to those now available in the Kingdom.

Al-Mubarak while talking to Arab News mentioned that all the executive rules and regulations for the tourist visas have been sorted and finalized. "It is independent of work, visit, Hajj and Umrah visas".

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Currently, travellers can enter Saudi Arabia on transit and limited two week visas, but these are hard to obtain and extremely expensive, putting them out of reach of most tourists.

The SCTH added that the issuance of the tourist visas will be announced during the first quarter of 2018. Their respective visa procedures were provided by the tour operators acknowledged by the SCTH.

In a decree issued in September, King Salman ordered by June an end to the ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition that has limited women's mobility and been seen by rights activists as an emblem of their suppression.

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Riyadh seems intent on boosting the country's image as a tourist destination, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announcing in August a project to turn 50 islands and a string of sites on the Red Sea into luxury resorts. His reforms are also aimed in part at raising local spending on entertainment as the country faces years of budget deficit amid continued lower oil prices.

In a one-off, the main stadium in Riyadh allowed families to enter and watch National Day festivities in September - marking the first time women had set foot inside the stadium.

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