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The Corona Crisis in the Gulf

The Corona Crisis in the Gulf

This is the Grand Mosque of Makkah without people after Saudi authorities banned public attendance. It is a heartbreaking scene for anyone who has been there.

This is the second time in Saudi Arabian history that worshippers are not allowed into the Grand Mosque (the first was the Makkah siege in 1979), and that it is empty illustrates the risk of the Coronavirus spreading.

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Haifaa Al-Mansour in Second Oscars Race

Haifaa Al-Mansour in Second Oscars Race

This month, Saudi Arabia nominated the movie The Perfect Candidate as best foreign language film for the Oscars. This is not the first nomination for the director and script-writer Haifaa Al Mansour, whose movie Wajda was nominated in 2012. In January 2019, Al Mansour received a Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum for her leadership in cultural transformation in the Arab World. So who is Haifaa Al Mansour?

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At Last Saudi Women Are Free to Travel

At Last Saudi Women Are Free to Travel

Passport for Saudi Women: The Saudi Arabian government announced this week on many different sites; AlArabiya TV news, “Akhbar AlSaudia“ portal, online newspaper “Sabq” and others that it has changed its laws and regulations to allow women to obtain passport without the permission of their guardian. Immediately after it announced that, it added that women over 21 years can travel without a guardian and most importantly, without his permission. This is overwhelming news.

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My First Visit to a Football Match in Jeddah

Al-Ittihad is my football team from Jeddah. I grew up in a family that sees the world through yellow and black (our team’s colors). It’s called “Dean of Saudi Football” because it is the oldest club, having been founded in the 1920s. The history of Al-Ittihad is filled with trophies and wins. Today, they are playing against AlTawaoun from Tabouk in the final game for the Crown Prince’s Cup. It’s a particularly important game because Al-Ittihad faced difficult financial times in the last two years, resulting in the team being in 13th place out of 16 in the Saudi Football League. Energy and enthusiasm were low as the team was facing the Second league.

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Saudi Film and Entertainment Industry: A New Dawn

Saudi film producer Amr Al Qahtani believes that the Saudi film industry is experiencing new dawn through cinemas opening in Saudi Arabia, liberalization of the entertainment sector, and regulations concerning art being relaxed. He predicts a growing interest and demand for Saudi movies. In this interview, Amr talks about the rapidly changing entertainment sector why the nascent Saudi film industry faces a promising future.

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Guardianship in Saudi Arabia

This week, I came across this balanced and informative article, which explains the aspect of guardianship and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. This topic has been widely discussed in international media, creating a stigma for Saudi society, due to a lack of complete information. 

This article gives the whole picture from all angels for the reader to understand the reality of the situation facing Saudi women.

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Trump’s Ladies Visit: What to Talk About?

Trump two-day visit to Saudi Arabia was an event that carried a lot of question marks with it – Trump’s performance on his first foreign trip – Russian affairs (and others) haunting him at home – his low ratings and many more. The one issue none expected were Melania and Ivanka. They became THE ISSUE.

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