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

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 Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.