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The Valentine’s Syndrome in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia once thought of Valentine’s as a day that contradicts Islamic beliefs, and heart shaped flowers were sold in secret under the counter. But now, red roses, chocolates and teddy bears are publicly displayed across the Kingdom, after being suppressed in the dark for long.

That was all due to curbs that were placed by the Saudi religious police back in 2016, up until former president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi announced on TV that celebrating valentine’s doesn’t go against the Islamic teachings, and that celebrating it is permitted to not only non-Muslims, but to all.

“it is a positive aspect of the human being,” he said.

From that day on and valentine’s day have become lucrative to many businesses, especially restaurants, cafes and flower shops of course.

And as for this year, here are some offers that you wouldn’t want to miss out on:

  • Abdulaziz Al-Noman.

A high-end local chocolatier, is doing a cooperation with Fitaihi Jewelry and Rubaiyat retailers; to provide customers with free chocolate boxes and flowers.

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  • Fitaihi jewelry.

Is also offering discounts on pendants and love bracelets, and if you purchase from their collection “forever Yours”, you will get the elegant free box of chocolate and roses that is mentioned above!

  • Nadine Attar. 

A jewelry designer and the face of Nadine Jewellery, is dedicating a whole line ‘A journey of love” specially for Valentine’s day.

“Don’t hold back on true sentiments.”

The collection is a limited one, that holds quotes verses from the Qur’an and famous Arab poets such as Al-Mutanabi and Khalil Gibran. The thing that add authenticity to the brand, and makes it the perfect gift for your loved one.

  • Nayomi.

The famous lingerie brand has launched a campaign called #CelebrateRomanceWithNayomi, with discounts on its romance collection reaching up to 25 percent, in addition to a free shipping on all orders until Feb. 14.

Happy Valentine’s day to all, and may this day be a reminder of the progress that the Kingdom is showing.

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Saudi Students Can Now Study Abroad Without a Permit From their Guardians

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Saudi students can now travel abroad to study overseas without a need of a permit from their guardians, this includes students under the age of 21.

All the students need to travel is a proof of their scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday

This clarification comes after a number of reforms have been announced in a royal decree last month, first giving the right for every Saudi citizen to obtain a passport, for Saudi women to travel without permission from a male guardian and now this.

The royal decree has been certainly welcomed and found to be a huge step towards attaining the 2030 vision, that ensures a better quality of life for citizens.

 

 

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Saudi Arabia’s First Female Crane Operators Get their permits

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State news agency SPA reported on Tuesday that King Abdul Aziz Port (KAP) has given female crane operators their operating permits, making them Saudi Arabia’s very first females to take on such a job.

The female operators will work on the remote controlled cranes which are used in light of KAP’s attempt of introducing new technologies at its container terminals in all departments, the terminal is also the first of its kind to be operated by the International Ports Services Ltd (IPS).

KAP, supervised by the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), handled 23 million tons of cargo in July – marking an 11.15% increase in comparison to the same time last year.

 

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Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions on Women

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Saudi women no longer require a permission from a “male guardian” to travel or obtain a passport and can now travel independently, a royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz indicated,

The decree, which was issued three days ago, clearly states that women like any other individual have the right of obtaining a passport, and that a guardian’s approval will only be needed for minors.

The statement of the decree is written in a gender-neutral way and doesn’t in any way put restrictions to a specific segment.

Here’s how some of the prominent Saudi figures reacted to the change, and their thoughts about it that was shared on twitter.

Also hailing the changes is of course Saudi ambassador to the US Reema bint Bandar Al Saud.

Ever since the Saudi Vision 2030 was launched and the Saudi authorities have been addressing the flaws in the system that stand against women living their lives freely and securely.

Such a step is considered to be yet another major change, that follows the issuing of driving licenses to women, and the inclusion of women in the consultative council.

 

 

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