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Saudi Women: Great Influencers, Huge Contributors

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As economist Saad al Dusri told Sputnik, “these four months during which Saudi women have been driving have contributed to the economic growth of the kingdom.” al Dusri added that “more women are now working because they no longer depend on transportation. Then, the money that a Saudi family used to pay drivers can now be used for other things. And finally, the money that foreign drivers have been sending to their home countries is now in the kingdom.”

On a different aspect, the car sales have also increased noticeably: “we are seeing a new ‘women’s car’ market. Ladies choose a car that meets their criteria — it consumes less fuel, guarantees safety and is beautiful. We take into account the wishes of our clients and help them find an ideal car,” said Fallah Al Ahmari, the chief sales officer at Al Bayan Motors.

The following is a testimony by Sarah Al Wassia, who is one of the recent female drivers as she speaks about her experience: “at first, I was worried a lot about how men would behave toward a female driver; but actually I shouldn’t have as male drivers have treated us quite well. They support us and help if necessary; they are really polite,” Sarah said. In particular, Sarah recalled the work of the traffic police. “Inspectors help us a lot and encourage us. If there’s an accident on the road, they can quickly solve the problem.”

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30 Mosques Renovated Under Crown Prince’s Plans to ‘Develop Historical Mosques’

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The first phase of the Mohammed bin Salman project for ‘Developing Historical Mosques‘ has been completed with the renovation of 30 mosques across different regions in the Kingdom.

The project had cost so far more than SR50 million ($13 million) and the first phase that covered 10 regions took 423 days, this falls under the crown prince’s plans to renovate 130 historical mosques in the Kingdom.

Renovations are done with the help of specialized companies in heritage buildings to ensure the preservation of the historical landmarks, and the involvement of Saudi engineers as well to ensure the preservation of each mosque’s authentic urban identity and at the same time use new, high-quality materials.

This historical mosques have been closed for over 40 years and the government is working hard toward renovating them and opening them once again to the public.

The renovated mosques will include several facilities such as women’s prayer rooms, services for disabled people, air conditioning, lighting and acoustics.

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Riyadh: Soon to Become the First Digital Capital City in the Arab World

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Riyadh will become the first digital capital city in the entire Arab world, the announcement was made during the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology.

 

The session was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital. The decision to grant Riyadh this title comes after the city’s significant role in adopting digital technologies, which is used in developing the socio-economic sector, improve education and advance health care, all of which eventually leads to increasing the welfare of the community.

 

The ICT sector in the Kingdom now makes up 4% of the GDP, which eventually lead to the country climbing 16 places in the World Economic Forum’s global competitive index 2019 and gain a top ease-of-doing-business ranking in the World Bank’s 2020 report.

Ever since the launch of the 2030 vision, the Kingdom’s ICT sector is now the largest in the Arab world after it witnessed a remarkable regulatory change.

This is why naming Riyadh the digital capital is considered to be a splendid recognition for the Kingdom’s achievements and success in the ICT sector.

 

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The Kingdom Ranked Among ’10 Global Business Climate Improvers’

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The Kingdom has been ranked among other countries in this year’s top 10 global business climate improvers, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2020 study

Saudi Arabia has succeeded in landing a spot thanks to the several reforms that have been implemented in eight Doing Business areas, the country has been ranked the 62nd globally with an overall score of 71.6 out of 100, it has successfully climbed 30 places.

“Saudi Arabia’s impressive reforms in doing business this year show its commitment to fulfilling a main pillar of its National Vision 2030: A thriving economy,” said Issam Abousleiman, World Bank regional director of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

“Easing the business climate for local entrepreneurs to thrive as well as foreign investors to work in the Kingdom shows a forward path to creating more jobs for Saudi youth and women, and creating sustainable, inclusive growth.” He added.

Saudi Arabia has indeed thrived this year in the field of starting a business, it now only costs 5.4% of income per capital for an entrepreneur to start their own business, which is lower than the cost in other North African and Middle Eastern countries.

 

 

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