By Associated Press | PUBLISHED: August 2, 2019 at 5:55 am | UPDATED: August 2, 2019 at 5:55 am By AYA BATRAWY DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia on Friday published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women’s freedom of movement. The development is a potential game-changer for Saudi women’s rights. The kingdom’s legal system has long been criticized because it treated adult women as minors, requiring they have a man’s consent to obtain a passport or travel abroad. Often a woman’s male guardian is her father or husband, and in some cases a woman’s son. The changes were widely celebrated by Saudis on Twitter, with many posting memes showing people dashing to the airport with luggage and others hailing the 33-year-old crown prince believed to be the force behind … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent
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Aya Batrawy Associated Press Published 7:33 PM EDT Jul 3, 2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia said Wednesday that hip-hop star Nicki Minaj will perform in the ultraconservative kingdom as it sheds decades of restrictions on entertainment. The female rapper is known for her outlandish, provocative style and hits like “Anaconda,” where she raps about her “big fat” backside. Her lyrics are often laced with profanities and her skin-bearing music videos often include twerking. Christian groups criticized her 2012 Grammy Awards performance, which included dancing priests and an exorcism. Saudi organizers announced she would be the headline act at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18. The concert, which in line with Saudi laws is alcohol and drug-free, is open to people 16 and older and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city. Reactions on social media ranged from shock and joy to criticism and disappointment. In a … [Read more...] about Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia
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Aya Batrawy and Jon Gambrell Associated Press Published 7:16 AM EDT May 14, 2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Araba said drones attacked one of its oil pipelines as other assaults targeted energy infrastructure elsewhere in the kingdom on Tuesday, shortly after Yemen’s rebels claimed a coordinated drone attack on the Sunni power. The assaults marked the latest incidents challenging Mideast security after the alleged sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates earlier this week amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. In a statement carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said that drones attacked a petroleum pumping station supplying a pipeline running from its oil-rich Eastern Province to the Yanbu Port on the Red Sea. A fire broke out and firefighters later brought it under control, though the state-run Saudi Aramco stopped pumping oil through the pipeline. The kingdom’s state … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia says its oil infrastructure attacked by drones
It is traditional, at this time of year, for travel sections to run articles discussing new or pertinent destinations for the coming 12 months. Some of them will be well-known sun-spots given fresh relevance by a hotel opening or a resort renovation. Some will be intriguing locations and alluring cities given an extra gleam by a major anniversary. And some will be niche corners of the planet whose inclusion on any list may make the reader shake their head, and wonder if the writer in question has lost touch with reality. Saudi Arabia would certainly fall into this third category. And yet here we are, at the dawn of 2019, and the idea of a week in this desert sand-zone is being quietly mooted. Before we go any further, we should stress that this article is not saying you should go to the Middle Eastern kingdom. It is merely discussing the fact that people are. This week, the news agency Reuters has reported on what it described as the first "trickle" of western tourists into Saudi … [Read more...] about Could you ever really consider Saudi Arabia as a holiday destination?