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Saudi women to start own business without male permission

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system. “Women can now launch their own businesses and benefit from (governmental) e-services without having to prove consent from a guardian,” the ministry of commerce and investment said on ...

Saudi woman’s death after caesarean delivery prompts investigation

Monday, 12 February 2018

Relatives of a Saudi woman who died after giving birth through caesarean section accused the Jazan Health Affairs of negligence and a lack of transparency in investigating their complaint.Ibrahim Al-Hazazi, the brother of Fatima Al-Hazazi, who died two weeks ago at King Fahd Hospital in Jazan said, “The Health Affairs directorate has not been transparent in its investigations into the death of my sister.”He said the directorate was acting as if it was trying to clear itself of the ...

Saudi Public Prosecution is now hiring women investigators

Sunday, 11 February 2018

The Saudi Public Prosecution has announced that it is hiring Saudi women as investigation officers. The application process will start on Sunday, February 11, and will continue until March 3, al-Madina Arabic newspaper reported.Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mojeb said all applicants must be Saudis of good conduct, qualified for the position, have a relevant university degree with no less than a C grade. They should also pass aptitude tests and physical exams to prove their fitness for the ...

Meet Yasmin al-Gahtani, one of the first Saudi female rock climbing trainers

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Yasmin al-Gahtani is one of Saudi Arabia’s first female rock climbing trainers who trained more than 150 Saudis during the past three months. Gahtani received an accredited certificate in rock climbing from Chicago. She went rock climbing in Europe and America which helped her gain different skills on climbing the different types of rocks. She told Al Arabiya that rock climbing teaches one how to control his emotions and to defy fear, adding that she once climbed a summit that is 400 ...

Meet Dana al-Gosaibi, one of Saudi Arabia’s first female horse trainers

Monday, 5 February 2018

Dana al-Gosaibi is the first Saudi woman to work in the field of taming, training horses and raising animals. She loves horses and considers treating them with love and respect as one of the most important human missions in life. She hopes that one day she could establish shelters for horses and stray animals.Gosaibi spoke to Al Arabiya and confirmed that she loved horses ever since she was a child. Her late father had trained her on horse-riding since she was four years old. She grew up loving ...

Football team ‘abayas’ a new fashion trend in Saudi Arabia

Monday, 5 February 2018

Soccer team abayas have become the new way for women to express their support for their favorite soccer teams after the General Sports Authority allowed women into sport stadiums. Women for the first time watched soccer matches between local teams in stadiums in Jeddah and Riyadh last month and in Dammam on Saturday. Abaya designers have produced a line of soccer themed abayas (the loose over-garments, essentially a robe-like dress worn by Muslim women). Riri Al-Aboud, a fashion designer, said ...

How to deal with international driving licenses for women in Saudi Arabia

Friday, 2 February 2018

The General Directorate of Traffic in Saudi Arabia has explained that work was under way to equip centers for the replacement of internationally recognized women’s driving licenses.The official account of the directorate on Twitter, said in response to a question from a Saudi woman, that the announcement of the locations for the replacement of international licenses of women, will take place before the scheduled date to apply the decision to allow women to drive the car in sufficient ...

Coming soon: Saudi women may drive taxis to transport female passengers

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Saudi women may be able to drive taxicabs from June when women in the Kingdom are officially allowed to drive cars, chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) Rumaih Al-Rumaih has said. The PTA is currently making rules and regulations to enable Saudi women to drive taxicabs that will transport female passengers only, Al-Rumaih told Okaz/Saudi Gazette in an interview. Ride-hailing app companies Uber and Careem have already announced plans to hire female Saudi drivers. Careem plans to hire ...

First women’s basketball tournament in Riyadh kicks off with Stallions vs Riyadh Elite

Sunday, 28 January 2018

The first women’s basketball tournament in Riyadh kicked off on Saturday between the Stallions and Riyadh Elite teams. The first match was held on Saturday at the Leaders Preparation Institute’s stadium. Eight teams, Al-Azem, Al-Tahhadi, Riyadh Eagles, Link, Stallions, Rebels, Riyadh Elite and Titanium, will participate in the tournament which is supported by the Saudi Mass Participation Federation.The tournament will end on March 10. Only women can attend the matches, and they can ...

PHOTOS: Saudi women exhibit their art projects in US

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

An all-female art/projects exhibit by Saudi women artists is set to open this week at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC. The exhibit is a reminder that Saudi women’s talents have long been exercised, even as they are slow for the world to see and for Saudis to fully appreciate. “Women’s Point of View” is an exhibition of artwork and projects created by the visual communications students of the all-women’s Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah. The works range from an ...

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