Why It’s Not Okay for Saudi Arabia to Exempt Women from Traffic Violation Penalties

Why It’s Not Okay for Saudi Arabia to Exempt Women from Traffic Violation Penalties

By Fadila Khaled

Following the royal decree that was issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz this past September that will allow Saudi women to drive, something else has risen to light. According to Khaleej Times, Saudi Arabia is looking at exempting women from some of the traffic violation penalties.     As far as we know, Al Arabiya reported […]

Saudi Crown Prince Meets Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Meets Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks, in Riyadh, with Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai, last Tuesday 14th of November. Al-Rai also met with Saudi King Salman on the second day of his first visit to Saudi Arabia.     In a similar manner, he also held talks with Saad Al-Hariri, who announced […]

Saudi Arabia to Host Its First Ever Basketball Tournament for Women

Saudi Arabia to Host Its First Ever Basketball Tournament for Women

  History will be made in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this weekend when the first official basketball tournament for women takes place.   King Abdullah’s Sports City in Jeddah — Al-Jowharah Stadium, to be specific — will host the all-women basketball matches on Saturday in support of breast cancer awareness. “We are grateful for […]

VIDEO: Saudi Arabia’s Megacity ‘NEOM’ Is Happening, and the Middle East Will Never Be the Same Again

VIDEO: Saudi Arabia’s Megacity ‘NEOM’ Is Happening, and the Middle East Will Never Be the Same Again

  It was previously announced that Saudi Arabia is set to build a $500 billion megacity, covering an area three times as large as New York City — and we now have a more clear idea of how this is going to turn out!   The 10,000-square-mile megacity, NEOM, just released this promotional video and […]

This Arab Country Is the First to Grant a Citizenship to a Robot

This Arab Country Is the First to Grant a Citizenship to a Robot

In a setting that looks like a typical beginning of a Black Mirror episode, Sophia was introduced as the first ever artificial intelligence robot to receive a citizenship. Sophia was introduced to public in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia.   The country announced that she is “the first humanoid artificially intelligent robot citizen.” […]

In a Saudi First, a Woman Is Going to Head a Sports Federation

In a Saudi First, a Woman Is Going to Head a Sports Federation

  A princess has just been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in the latest of a string of such appointments in the Kingdom.   “Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has become the first woman to lead a federation covering sporting activities for men and women,” the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, […]

11 Car Companies Celebrate Saudi Women in the Most Creative Way

11 Car Companies Celebrate Saudi Women in the Most Creative Way

The news of Saudi women being able to drive have been celebrated in all its shapes and forms. The change was announced in a royal decree that was read live on state television and in a simultaneous media event in Washington.   Saudi leaders hope that the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s […]

Saudi Arabia Appoints Its First Ever Female Spokesperson

Saudi Arabia Appoints Its First Ever Female Spokesperson

For the first time ever, Fatimah Baeshen has just been appointed as the first female spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC.     Baeshan was a director at the Washington-based think tank Arabia Foundation. She joined after working with the Saudi Ministry of Labor and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning in Riyadh […]

8 Legitimate Questions We All Asked Ourselves Since the Saudi Women Drive Decree Came Out

8 Legitimate Questions We All Asked Ourselves Since the Saudi Women Drive Decree Came Out

Apart from the fact that women will still have to wait another nine months for the famous decree allowing Saudi women to drive to be implemented, here are a few hitches that have been in the back of all of our minds since the news came out…     What will the estimated 800,000 foreign […]

Here’s How Political Figures Reacted to Saudi Women Being Able to Drive

Here’s How Political Figures Reacted to Saudi Women Being Able to Drive

King Salman bin Abdulaziz issued a royal decree that will allow Saudi women to drive. The decree has ordered that a ministerial body to be set up to give advice within 30 days, and that the order will be implemented by June 2018.     To celebrate Tuesday’s decree, several Saudi women posted images on social media […]

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