Women in Saudi Arabia allowed to go to football

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Women in Saudi Arabia will make a historic step this month as they are allowed to watch football from the stands for the first time in history. They will be present at stadiums in three major cities of the country.

Women will be able to go to the stadium of king Fahd hospital in the capital, Riyadh, on Friday to support their teams as al Ahly takes al-Batinah at competitions Professional League Saudi Arabia.

All unaccompanied adult women can participate in the stadiums in three major cities – Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. After the match Friday at the stadium king Fahd, female cheerleaders are invited to the podium in the sports city of king Abdullah in Jeddah on Saturday, al-Hilal against al-Ittihad.

This week Saudi Arabia hosted its first squash tournament among women.

In November 2017, the Kingdom has also allowed women’s basketball tournament from universities, which was held in Jeddah, and was attended by about 3000 women.

Women will watch the games from the stands in the sections of each stadium, with dedicated places for women and families. This means that women who participate in activities are likely to sit with the children in isolated areas from men. These sections were available especially for women who are not accompanied by males.

While in public and at these events, women should wear loose-fitting, full-size garment known as the Abaya and the headscarf, if they are Muslim.

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