Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums next year


Saudi Arabia will allow families to attend sports events in stadiums for the first time from next year, as the ultra-conservative kingdom is starting to ease restrictions on women spectators.
Families will be able to enter the stadiums in three major cities – Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, according to a statement issued Sunday by the General Sport Authority, the country’s governing body for sports. Specific seating arrangements are unclear at the moment; Saudi men and women are customarily separated in places where they are both allowed.
Restaurants, cafes and monitor screens would be set up inside the stadiums as part of the changes, the statement added. Up until now, the venues have been men-only areas.


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