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The Kingdom Implements End to Travel Restrictions For Women

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The Kingdom has begun implementing the previously announced changes to the laws which now allow women to travel without permission from a guardian, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” the report said, citing an interior ministry source.

The rules were announced in a royal decree earlier last month, and it gives adult women the freewill to travel and exercise more control over family matters.

“The passport department has started receiving applications for women aged 21 and above to issue or renew passports and to travel outside the kingdom without permission,” the department said on Twitter.

These sweeping landmark reforms are a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s Vision 2030 for the Kingdom that gives citizen a better quality of life. It included last year the lifting of the driving ban on women and the possibility of ending the male guardian system.

 

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Saudi Arabia Made it to the Top of List for Safest G20 Countries

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The Kingdom has made it to the top of list for the most secure G20 countries, according to international indicators related to security, allowing Saudi Arabia to outperform the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019 and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 were the ones to reveal these results.

Saudi Arabia came the first among the G20 countries, ahead of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, surpassing China and Canada among the G20, and surpassing China and the US in the “Feeling safe while walking alone at night” index for this year.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Kingdom came first in the index for the citizens’ confidence in police services, an index that measures the citizen’s confidence in security and law enforcement. Moreover, it ranked first in the reliability of police services index,

Just recently, the Kingdom came in the 6th position as the safest country to travel during the pandemic.

 

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Entertainment Activities Resume in the Kingdom with The Opening of 11th VOX Cinema

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After months of lockdown, Saudi Arabia has finally resumed entertainment activities and Sunday witnessed the opening of VOX Cinemas’ 11th movie theater in Saudi Arabia.

This marks the Kingdom’s ambitious plans for expanding cinemas across Saudi Arabia, and at the same time maintain a safe experience for visitors.

Speaking to Arab News, Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country head of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures in Saudi Arabia, said that visitor numbers are increasing, and “the main aim nowadays is that visitors come back to cinema with confidence that the place they are visiting is clean and safe.”

He also said that since the lockdown has been eased drastically, there are promising indication that number of visitors will increase.

“After each show, we insist on social distancing and have the surfaces cleaned and the seats sterilized. In fact, we take all the precautionary health measures to ensure our visitors have a safe and comfortable cinema experience. This has caused a spending upsurge, but that was a necessity,” he said.

Majid Al-Futtaim’s VOX Cinemas is keen on answering to the Saudi’s thirst for cinema experiences.

 

 

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The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution Sets Strict Penalties to Protect Women From Abuse

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In an attempt to protect women of Saudi Arabia from all forms of violence against them, the Kingdom’s Public Prosecution has set a maximum jail term of one year and a SR50,000 fine.

Violence against women comes in different shapes and it’s not just physical, violence includes psychological, sexual abuse and threats of any kind. The perpetrators, those accused of causing violence, will face imprisonment for a period of at least one month and up to one year and a fine of no less than SR5,000 and up to SR50,000.

In case the predator repeat the crime, the penalty will then be doubles.

The Public Prosecution said that the Law of Protection from the Abuse will help in eliminating violence cases against women, with the establishment of a package of criminal procedures and penalties.

 

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