Letting women drive in Saudi Arabia ‘does not conflict with Shariah,’ say senior scholars

King Salman with some of the Saudi Arabia's senior scholars. (SPA)
Updated 28 September 2017
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Letting women drive in Saudi Arabia ‘does not conflict with Shariah,’ say senior scholars

RIYADH: The landmark decree allowing Saudi women to drive has received the seal of approval from the Council of Senior Scholars, the Kingdom’s highest religious body that advises King Salman on religious matters.
“King Salman, granted by God the responsibility of protecting his people and the nation’s interests, and preserving Islamic values and national interests, does not waver in achieving the national interest in accordance with Shariah,” the council’s secretariat said.
“The senior scholars decided to adopt and approve the royal decree. King Salman only does what is best for his nation.
“The scholars’ advisory opinions focused on the virtues and vices, and not the act of driving itself, which is an absolute right which no one should be deprived of. King Salman should study the matter and look at it from all angles.
“King Salman studied the negative side of not letting women drive and thus, with the Council of Senior Scholars’ approval, issued the royal decree, as he did not find any reason not to. King Salman issued the royal decree preserving all women’s rights, in order to protect the national interest.”


Saudi-India Forum to discuss key business issues

The forum will see an exchange of memorandums of understandings. (SAGIA)
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Saudi-India Forum to discuss key business issues

  • Nearly 400 Saudi and Indian businessmen are expected to take part

NEW DELHI: A high-powered Saudi business delegation is accompanying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his visit to India.

Executives in major companies, senior government officials from the Saudi and Indian sides will attend the Saudi-India Forum to be held in New Delhi on Wednesday. It is being organized in cooperation with the Saudi General Investment Authority (SAGIA).

Nearly 400 Saudi and Indian businessmen are expected to take part in event that will include 10 workshops and bilateral meetings to discuss opportunities for business cooperation.

The forum will see an exchange of memorandums of understandings and handing over of licenses to private sector entities between the Saudi side and the Indian side.

There will be an overview of the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP) which is a major program of Saudi Vision 2030.

The forum will discuss Saudi Arabia's offering of financial (and non-financial) incentives and enablers to ensure sustainable development of targeted sectors and promising industries.