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.


Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

Updated 18 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi terrorists

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the southern city of Najran.

The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia, including Jazan and Najran, close to the border with Yemen.

Saudi-led Arab coalition’s spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that Saudi aerial defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-backed militia.

Al-Maliki said that the missile targeted Najran and was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties.

The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”