Jeddah governor receives Malaysian king

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz receives at his office Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah. (SPA)
Updated 13 July 2019

Jeddah governor receives Malaysian king

JEDDAH: Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah arrived in Jeddah on Saturday. 

At King Abdul Aziz International Airport, he was received by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz, a number of civil and military officials.

On Friday, King Sultan visited the Prophet’s Mosque where Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman welcomed him upon arrival at the mosque.


Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

Updated 20 August 2019

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

  • Any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel
  • The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month

RIYADH: New laws that mean Saudi women no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport came into effect Tuesday.
The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month. It means adult women can travel feely and exercise more control over family matters.
“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
The decree said every Saudi citizen had the right to obtain a passport, and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. 
The Kingdom has steadily removed some restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving last year.
The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.
They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.