Samira al-Ghamdi, a practicing psychologist drives to work with her son Abdulmalik, 26, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi women steered their cars through busy streets for the first time on Sunday after the world’s last remaining ban on women driving was lifted.
The video purportedly showed a woman with uncovered hair in what appeared to be a gym and kicking a punching bag. The Saudi sports authority said it contained scenes that could corrupt public morals. read more
Saudi Arabia hosts the first Arab Fashion Week. The kingdom’s edition of Arab Fashion Week joins designers from Europe and the Arab world over the course of four days. Star designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Roberto Cavalli are present at the event along with the kingdom’s own Arwa Banawi, whose The Suitable Woman line is adored by fashionistas across the region, and Mashael Alrajhi, the eponymous gender-inclusive label of a rarely-seen Saudi sheikha. However, the Riyadh shows are not open to cameras, and attendees remain women-only. The ultraconservative kingdom has witnessed rapid policy change since the June appointment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AFP)read more
Trudging up a caramel-hued cliff pocked with ancient tombs, guide Bandar al-Anazi gazed at a windswept desert landscape of pre-Islamic ruins at the centre of Saudi-Franco preservation efforts. Al-Ula, rich in archaeological remnants, is seen as a jewel in the crown of future Saudi attractions as the kingdom prepares to issue tourist visas -- opening up one of the last frontiers of global tourism.
Saudi Arabia had cinemas in the 1970s, before they were closed. Saudis have in the past travelled abroad to get their entertainment fix because of restrictions in the deeply conservative country. read more
The Iran-aligned Huthi rebels fired three missiles at Riyadh and four others at the southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran, with the coalition saying they all targeted populated areas. read more
Kickstarted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the reforms include the historic decision allowing women to drive from June, attend soccer games and take on jobs that once fell outside the narrow confines of traditional gender roles. read more
Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and the United States during March 19-22. read more