Women-Only City To Be Built In Saudi Arabia
There will be “no boys allowed” in a new city in Saudi Arabia. The Gulf
Kingdom is planning to build a women-only city in an attempt to foster
the rising aspirations of Saudi women within the restrictions of the
country’s Sharia law.
RT reports that the new city will provide a modern work environment for
women without defying Sharia law. The Saudi Industrial Property
Authority (Modon) hopes that the women-only city will help further
women’s rights in the country and allow women to peruse their own
The Daily Mail reports that construction on the new city is slated to
start next year. The municipality in the Eastern city of Hafuf is
currently raising money for the project and expects to bring in more
than 500 million riyals (US$133 million). The women-only city will
create close to 5,000 jobs for women in Saudi Arabia.
The new project in Hafuf is expected to be just one of many. Modon’s
deputy director-general, Saleh Al-Rasheed, said that several other
cities are being planned throughout the Gulf Kingdom.
“We are now working on a second industrial city for women… We have
plans to establish a number of women-only industries in various parts of
Saudi Sharia law says that a woman’s essential duties should be in the
home and forbids her to work a job. But despite the ancient law, more
and more women are coming into the workforce. According to the Daily
Mail, nearly 15 percent of the workforce in Saudi Arabia is comprised of
The Saudi government is also taking steps to liberate women. King
Abdullah recently announced that women will be allowed to vote during
local elections in 2015. Saudi Arabia also sent it’s first female
athletes to the Olympic Games this year.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Saudi, Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, jordan, Egypt, Israel, America
Location: Saudi Arabia (load item map)
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