Saudi security forces have rounded up dozens of members of the political and business elite, holding them in Riyadh's opulent Ritz Carlton hotel on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Live from Saudi Arabia's sports pride, The Shining Jewel stadium, over 4,000 fans coming in with their families packed the arena, sources told Asharq Al Awsat.
For the first time, women will this June be allowed to get behind the wheel, after it was announced in September that a ban on women drivers would be lifted. Soccer is very popular in Saudi Arabia, with many fans of worldwide and local leagues, but female enthusiasts long had to content themselves with watching their favorite teams on television.
Alone or accompanied by their families, many women sat in reserved seats in Jeddah's Pearl stadium.
The match was hosted at King Abdullah Sports City stadium and featured Al Ahli against Al Batin in the Saudi Pro-League.
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Some used the hashtag to share photos of female spectators wearing their team's colors in scarves thrown over their abayas.
The prince will inherit a country in which more than half the population is under the age of 25 and yearning for progressive change, which will soon include allowing women into movie theaters and encouraging them to work in the Saudi labor market. The government spent lavishly on them in an effort to appease young Saudis and provide spaces for fans eager to cheer on local clubs, as well as hold national parades and ceremonies.
The first stadium is to open its doors to women in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Friday. "Some thought it wouldn't be very safe or organised", said Swick, who attended the game with her Saudi husband and son, and her American mother.
The decision to allow women to attend a mixed public sporting event is one of many changes the country has undergone in recent months, hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim Kingdom, Reuters said in a report.