Saudi Arabia to open sports stadiums to women from 2018

Families attend a event at King Fahad Stadium in Riyadh for Saudi National Day. (Arab News photo)
Updated 30 October 2017
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Saudi Arabia to open sports stadiums to women from 2018

JEDDAH: Women’s empowerment will take another step forward at the beginning of 2018 when families are permitted inside stadiums and other sports facilities.
It was one of a raft of decisions announced on Sunday by Turki Al-Asheikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority, aimed at supporting and stimulating the sports sector.
The authority “will start rehabilitating the main stadiums in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah to be ready to receive families starting in 2018,” Al-Asheikh said.
The move is part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to engage women in society as an integral part of the development process.
This month Al-Asheikh, who is also president of the Saudi Olympic Committee, appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar president of the Saudi Federation for Community Sports.
Princess Reema has also opened the new Studio 5 gym in Jeddah.  She seeks to encourage women to take exercise in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Last month, women were invited with their families to a sports stadium for the first time to attend annual National Day celebrations. Such venues had previously been male only.


KSA's King Salman Center for Disability Research holds its 9th general assembly meeting

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman attend the 12th meeting of the KACDR in Riyadh. (SPA)
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KSA's King Salman Center for Disability Research holds its 9th general assembly meeting

  • Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of trustees, expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his support of the disability issue

On behalf of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, founder of the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR), Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar attended the General Assembly’s 9th meeting and the 12th meeting of the center’s founders.

Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of trustees, expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his support of the disability issue.

He said that King Salman’s support boosted the state strategy of empowerment and integration of people with disabilities. The Kingdom’s efforts on the issue of disability made it an international pioneer, he said.

“The center is aware of the importance of the advanced scientific research as a parallel activity of the educational and rehabilitation services it provides,” he said. 

Prince Sultan praised the adoption of the national program for learning disabilities by the center in cooperation with the Education Ministry, noting that the program has helped qualify 20,000 teachers and benefit more than 500,000 male and female students, along with the hundreds of sessions the center has organized to help tens of thousands of citizens and residents.

Prince Sultan stressed the center’s effective partnerships with information, scientific, educational and medical institutions in Saudi Arabia, including the ministries of health, education, defense, interior, labor and social development, national guard, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology and universities.

“We have intensified our efforts to conduct scientific research, along with the center’s practical work and pioneering future researches with the world’s best partners, to serve people with disabilities.”