Saudi Arabia women score right to watch men's football in stadiums

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The so-called "family sections" were created to keep women separated from the male-only crowds, while the stadium was also fitted with female prayer areas and restrooms.

The stadium in the capital, Riyadh, will open to women on Saturday, followed by the western city of Dammam on Thursday.

Female football fans wearing scarves and waving flags took their seats at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah for Al-Ahli's match against Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League.

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To prepare them for this new-found freedom, the first women's auto showroom has opened in the city of Jeddah on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia, which was the only nation around the globe to prohibit female drivers, a year ago also permitted women to drive in the nation.

Women were allowed to enter the stadium through "family gates" and into the family seating area as part of easing the strict rules on gender separation.

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While many supported and welcomed the decision to allow women into stadiums, others spoke out against it.

Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women's progress.

"We aim god willing to raise it to 40 percent by 2030, through several events, and today's is one of these events".

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