Tickets go on sale as Saudi Arabia opens football stadiums to women

Friday's match will be held at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah where 14,000 seats have been reserved for families. (SPA)
Updated 11 January 2018
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Tickets go on sale as Saudi Arabia opens football stadiums to women

LONDON: Family tickets have gone on sale for football games in Saudi Arabia following a move to allow women into stadiums.
The General Sports Authority announced that tickets for a match to be held on Friday at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah and another to be held on Saturday at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh have gone on sale and that families and individuals can purchase them, SPA reported.
Tickets are available for the Al-Ahli vs. Al-Batin match in Jeddah and the Al-Hilal vs. Al-Ittihad game in Riyadh.
There are 7,500 family seats available at King Fahd International Stadium, and 14,000 at King Abdullah Sports City.
Maps have been released showing which entrances should be used to gain access to the family areas.
Friday’s match will be the first time Saudi women will be able to watch football at the King Abdullah Sport City stadium in Jeddah.
The decision allowing women to enter stadiums was first announced on Oct. 29, a month after a historical royal decree lifting the ban on women driving.


Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

Updated 24 May 2018
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Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

RIYADH: The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said.
The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring the Iftar meals offered at the mosque and its external courts.
It also said it has intensified its water services, cleaning efforts and air conditioning around the clock to provide worshipers with an atmosphere full of serenity and reverence.
SPA took pictures of the services offered at the mosque, beginning with guiding visitors and organizing their entry through the gates of the Prophet’s Mosque to the men and women sections. It also directs worshippers to the emptier courts to avoid crowding.
It also captured the preparations for setting the Iftar meals at the mosque, including the installing of water spray fans at the outside squares due to sustain high temperatures during summer, so that visitors pray with ease and comfort.