Women can wear bikinis in Saudi Arabia

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In Saudi Arabia the government has always been super-conservative when it comes to women. The stringent laws in the country prohibit women from driving, stepping out of their houses without a hijab, and applying for a passport without the permission of a male guardian. So, when reports of women being allowed to wear bikinis at a luxury resort in the kingdom hit headlines, it took the world by surprise.

According to a published report Saudi Arabia’s new heir to the throne Prince Mohammed bin Salman has unveiled plans for a luxury Red Sea resort on a stretch of coast line in the country’s northwest region where special laws will allow women to wear bikinis instead of covering up their skin.

Earlier, women had to wear abayas (a cloak like garment) at the beaches and it’s not hard to imagine how inconvenient that must have been. Moreover, female tourists from different parts of the world also had to adhere to this rule while visiting Saudi Arabia. But, with the new luxury resort in the making–things are finally looking up. Not to mention, it’s indeed praiseworthy on the part of Saudi government to finally start relaxing the restrictive rules imposed on women.

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