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Saudi women enter stadium for first time to watch soccer

ANI  |  Washington DC [USA] 

For the first time, women in entered a stadium to watch a match between two local teams in

However, the women were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called "family section" at Abdullah City stadium, ABC News reported.

This easing of the strict gender segregation was announced in October 2017, as a part of Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reforms to modernise Saudi society and boost the economy.

The order opened the previously male-only venues of in Riyadh, Abdullah City in Jeddah, and Bin in Dammam to accommodate families.

The said that it had made all the necessary preparations to create an for families and to ensure their privacy.

Saudi Arabia, which was the only country in the to forbid female drivers, last year also allowed women to drive in the country.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 06:51 IST