Saudi women attend football match for the very first time

Last Updated: Jan 13 2018 13:21

On Friday, Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the very first time to watch a match.

Last year, Riyadh declared that it would be lifting restrictions imposed on women and would give them the right to drive and would also reopen cinemas for them.

Women supporters, all wearing the traditional black abaya robe, arrived well ahead of kick-off in the Jeddah stadium, some in sunglasses and others with loose-fitting veils.

Lamya Khaled Nasser, a 32-year-old football fan from Jeddah, said she was proud and looking forward to the match.

“This event proves that we are heading for a prosperous future. I am very proud to be a witness of this massive change,” she told AFP.

Ruwayda Ali Qassem, another Jeddah resident, called Friday a “historic day in the kingdom which culminates (in) ongoing fundamental changes”.

“I am proud and extremely happy for this development and for the kingdom’s moves to catch up with civilised measures adopted by many countries,” she said.

"This is the first time we`ll be cheering for real, not just in front of the television," said Ghamdi.