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Saudi women enter stadium for first time to watch soccer

Saudi women enter stadium for first time to watch soccer”

For the first time in the history of Saudi, women of Saudi Arabia cross the threshold of a sports stadium to watch the soccer match between two local teams in Jeddah.

Women joined male spectators on Friday at the domestic soccer league match in the western city of Jeddah.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious project to modernise the Saudi society and boost its economy.

One woman described it as a great experience, completely unlike watching at home.

On Thursday, Jeddah held Saudi Arabia's first vehicle exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia announced it would grant them the right to drive.

The so-called "family sections" were created to keep women separated from the male-only crowds, while the stadium was also fitted with female prayer areas and restrooms.

Females were in attendance at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah to witness Al-Ahli defeat Al-Batin 5-0.

"Today, you brought happiness to every Saudi family and woman who attended the first game", said Reema Bandar Al-Saud, a deputy at the General Sports Authority and part of the Saudi Royal family was quoted as saying by CNN.



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