» 09/25/2009, 00.00
First Saudi university to allow men and women together
The new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology opens in a town not far from Jeddah. According to the university’s charter, Saudi Arabia’s religious police will not be allowed to operate on its premises but women will be allowed to drive. By next year, 817 students from 61 countries should be enrolled.
24/05/2008 SAUDI ARABIA
A film festival in a land without movie theatres
The event marks a significant step in Saudi Arabia where movie theatres are banned and DVDs are censored. Unusually for a place like Saudi Arabia, men and women were in the same hall, albeit separated by a glass partition.
27/04/2010 SAUDI ARABIA
Head of the religious police in Mecca, men and women can pray together
Ahmed al-Ghamdi says that the strict separation between the sexes that exists today did not exist at the time of Muhammad. Conservatives respond harshly: a fatwa says that he "must be killed." The official Saudi news agency reports his removal and a few hours later deletes the story. The issue also has economic implications.
20/10/2009 SAUDI ARABIA
Boys and girls together in Saudi primary schools
This is an experiment limited to 15 private schools and only the first three primary grades. But the initiative, which follows that of the “mixed" university built by King Abdullah confirms the will for a cautious modernization.
26/09/2011 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh: even women can vote. But only in four years
King Abdullah announces on television that women have the right to vote and be elected to municipal councils. He added that some may be called to the Shura Council, an advisory body of the sovereign.
02/08/2005 SAUDI ARABIA
King Fahd laid to rest amidst tight security and public indifference
Dignitaries from 36 countries attend the funeral, but locals shrug off the event: "He didn't do anything for us".
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