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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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Al Juffali: First Female Saudi Racing Driver

Al Juffali: First Female Saudi Racing Driver

At the age of 27, Reema Al Juffali drove her first official race in Riyadh this month. The event was organized by the Saudi International Automobile Federation. This is her second car racing appearance this year; her first was international appearance was at F4 British Championships at Brands Hatch in April.

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Saudi Artist on BBC Top 100 Women List

Saudi Artist on BBC Top 100 Women List

This month, the BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. These are women who drive change on behalf of women everywhere.

This year’s list included Manal Al Dowayan, a Saudi photographer and artist from Dhahran. She is not the first Saudi female on this list. Her work is an interesting and innovative way of reflecting on Saudi women in society.

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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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The New Way of Celebrating National Day

The New Way of Celebrating National Day

Saudi Arabia celebrated its 89th National Day on 23rd September 2019. In 1902, King Abdulaziz came with an army of only 60 men from his exile in Kuwait, and over the next 18 months unified the six regions of the area which is known today as Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Until then, the regions were governed by different rulers, mostly with a tribal background.

Celebrations are taking place all over the country. Buildings, streets, and even people are decorated in white and green, the colors of the national flag. Schools, government offices and private sector businesses have been given a four-days break, as has become customary in the last few decades. Different from previous years, this year’s announcement came ahead of time to give people the opportunity to arrange for a short break away from home.

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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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Guardianship May Soon Be Over

Guardianship May Soon Be Over

Things take their time in Saudi Arabia to change or develop. It’s called doing The Saudi Way among Saudis.
This change of relaxing guardianship rule is a major step for the development of Saudi society. Its significance lies in that it will add to the confidence and independence of Saudi Arabian women to be fully respected, effective members of their society. In addition, it is the much-needed right to the acceptance of women and their contributions to society.

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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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