Gearing up to support their team: Women in Saudi can now don abayas in club colors

Abayas in a store front with similar colors to jerseys worn by clubs teams of Ittihad of Jeedah, left, and Hilal in Riyadh. (Social Media)
Updated 15 November 2017
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Gearing up to support their team: Women in Saudi can now don abayas in club colors

JEDDAH: It seems that women looking to support their favorite soccer teams in Saudi Arabia will have a chance to do so with abayas in the style of their club’s colors.
Images across social media show stores selling abayas in the famous colors worn by some of the top teams in the Saudi Pro League, the top flight of the country's soccer setup.
Women residing in the Saudi Arabia are expected to wear a loose, full-length garment known as an abaya whenever they are in a public place.
Stores have been quick to take advantage of last month announcement by Turki Al-Asheikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority, that families will be permitted inside the Kingdom’s stadiums and other sports facilities at the start of 2018.
The decision came as part of efforts aimed at supporting and stimulating the sports sector.
In September, families were allowed to part take in Saudi National Day celebrations inside King Fahd Stadium in the capital.


Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

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Duo on trial in Riyadh over ‘Qaddafi, Saddam’ voice message

JEDDAH: Two suspects facing 12 terror-related charges are on trial in a Riyadh-based court, Okaz newspaper reported.
The suspects are on trial for recording a voice message where they imitated the voices of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qaddafi and former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in an effort to criticize the local Abha Tourism Festival.
The first suspect is facing eight charges, including supporting terror groups Al-Nusra Front and Daesh.
The suspect is accused of preparing, sending and storing items deemed harmful to public order and morals. He was also communicating with a member of Daesh in Syria, the newspaper added.
He appears to follow social media accounts affiliated with Daesh, in addition to disseminating information and publications by the terror group via Twitter and Telegram and WhatsApp to his friends, including the second suspect, whom he had shared Daesh-related videos with.
The second suspect is facing four charges, including meeting the first suspect, inciting him to support terror groups, and harboring him from security forces.
He is also accused of disturbing public order by taking part in a voice message that criticized the Abha festival, by sending it via WhatsApp to a number of friends.