Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

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Women run during an event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Saudi women take part in a "green walk" calling for environment conservation, on March 8, 2018 in Jeddah. ( AFP / Amer Hilabi)
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Women exercise during a running event marking International Women's Day in Old Jeddah on March 8, 2018. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser)
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Saudi women take part in a "green walk" calling for environment conservation, on March 8, 2018 in Jeddah. (AFP / Amer Hilabi)
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Saudi women jog in the streets of Jeddah's historic al-Balad district on March 8, 2018. (AFP / Amer Hilabi)
Updated 09 March 2018
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Saudi women celebrate Women’s Day with a jog in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A group of women in Jeddah marked International Women’s Day yesterday by exercising one of their newly acquired freedoms: the right to go for a jog.
Saudi women have had a momentous year as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted a number of key restrictions on their rights. Women can now attend football matches, partake in sports themselves and by the summer will be allowed to drive cars.
In Jeddah’s historic district, smiling women wearing traditional full-length robes adapted for sports cheered and one even skipped with joy as they pounded through the sleepy alleys past puzzled shopowners.
The government introduced physical education for girls last year and began licensing women’s sports clubs, but Saudis are still coming around to women running in public.
“This is just the beginning of a revolution for women in Saudi Arabia. In jobs, in our lives, in society, everything is going to change for Saudi women,” said one of the joggers, university student Sama Kinsara.
Kinsara is studying film, a major she will be able to use at home this year as Saudi Arabia lifts a 35-year-old ban on cinemas.
Yasmine Hassan, a member of the Bliss Runners group organizing the event, said it was aimed at empowering women.
“This is a message that we would like to send them and say, ‘Come, you’re not alone, we will do this together and the time is now.’”
“Hopefully by next year there are going to be way more rights given to Saudi women, the ones that we deserve,” she said.


Bahraini crown prince meets Saudi officials in Riyadh

Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa arrived in Riyadh to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event. (SPA)
Updated 15 December 2018
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Bahraini crown prince meets Saudi officials in Riyadh

  • His visit follows an official invitation from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event

RIYADH: Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa held talks with Saudi officials in Riyadh this week. 

His visit follows an official invitation from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to attend the Ad Diriyah E Prix event.

Prince Salman bin Hamad was received at King Khalid International Airport by Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Riyadh; Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, minister of the interior; Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, commander of the Royal Guard, chairman of the Supreme Council for Youths and Sports and chairman of Bahrain Olympic Committee; and Shaikh Homoud bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa, Bahraini ambassador to Saudi Arabia. 

Bahrain’s King Hamad was among Gulf leaders who attended the 39th GCC Summit in Riyadh.