Monday, January 21, 2008

Saudi Arabia- Baby Steps to Modernity

Saudi authorities, breaking with religious codes that require women to be accompanied by a male guardian, have decided to allow women to stay in hotels on their own, a newspaper reported.

A royal decree allowed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to lay down new regulations simply requiring women to show personal identification including a photograph, which hotel managers must register with local police, Al-Watan said...

King Abdullah has said he supports reforms, including lifting the driving ban, but only when "society" accepts it.

-Saudi 'eases rules for women in hotels'

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