Shoura Council puts brakes on women driving proposal

Updated 15 October 2013

Shoura Council puts brakes on women driving proposal

The Shoura Council on Thursday rejected a move by three women members to have the body discuss lifting a ban on women driving in the country, according to a report quoting the SPA.
The 150-member council, which has 30 women members, rejected a move by one woman member to raise the issue during a discussion on Thursday of Transport Ministry matters, the SPA said.
It said the issue was “irrelevant” to the discussions and “not within the Transport Ministry's remit.”
Ihsan Abu Haliqa, a former member of the Shoura Council, told Arab News: “Any recommendation to be studied by the council must be filed by the majority of Shoura members. There are only three women Shoura members who filed a recommendation to study the issue of women driving.”
He said the consultative body “does not deal with individual recommendations” and that there should be significant social pressure for the issue to be taken up. He said the council does not support women driving.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018

Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.