Saudi Arabia to permit women inside stadiums for first time

Three stadiums will be set up to allow women into a domain that has been male-only up to this point

The Chairman of the General Authority for Sports in Saudi Arabia has announced that women will be allowed to attend sporting events for the first time starting in January 2018. 

At a press conference, Turki Al-Sheikh confirmed that several stadiums in the country will begin making preparations allow women in the stands. 

Three stadiums — King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah and Prince Mohammed bin Fahd in Dammam — will be set up to allow women and families to attend. 

Article continues below

During Saudi Arabia’s national day celebrations last month, women were allowed to enter stadiums for the first time. Women were seated in a family section, separate from single men, and it now appears that one-time occasion will become a permanent fixture at sporting events in the Middle Eastern country. 

Saudi Arabia follows the Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam, which imposes some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women. 

The country does appear to be reforming some of its tight sanctions on women, however. Last month, Saudi Arabia announced that it would allow women to drive for the first time. 

Next article:
Messi the greatest but Croatia will play to beat Argentina, says Dalic
Next article:
Iran 0 Spain 1: Costa goal breaks stubborn resistance
Next article:
Diego Costa breaks Iran’s wall and hearts as shaky Spain survive World Cup scare
Next article:
Pique wins 100th Spain cap in Iran World Cup clash
Next article:
'Everyone in Egypt is together' - Salah denies reports of World Cup conflict after Russia defeat