Women over 25 to be allowed Saudi visa with no chaperone

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For the first time in Saudi Arabia's history, women will be allowed to enter a sports stadium on Friday to watch a football match, AP reported.

Al Ahli take on Al Batin in the Saudi Pro League, which will be the first game that a woman can watch from inside the King Abdullah Sports City stadium.

Separately, BBC News reports Saudi Arabia has been hosting its first women's squash tournament this week, and in November of previous year, the country introduced the women's basketball tournament for universities, which took place in Jeddah and was attended by about 3,000 women.

However, after King Salman ascended the throne, he tried to break the country's patriarchal traditions for allowing women to progress.

To prepare for the change, the kingdom has designated "family sections" in the stands for women.

Al-Ittihad, one of the country's top football clubs, is scheduled to play in a derby game in front of mixed spectators on Saturday.

Previously women who wanted to drive had to have permission from a guardian in order to be given a driver's licence, and would need a guardian in the auto with them at all times.

Hours before the game, Saudi clubs were encouraging women to attend through tweets on social media.

Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be able to go shopping for a new vehicle just months after the country granted them the right to drive. In recent months, the kingdom has broken with some of its most rigid rules - lifting a ban on cinemas, announcing that women will be allowed to drive, and allowing genders to mix at a national celebration.

Saudi Arabian women have been kicking tyres and nodding knowingly at the kingdom's first auto exhibition aimed at females.

The move to open up stadiums to women for the first time was announced last October.

Following Saudi Arabia's historic royal decree, Careem launched 90-minute training sessions in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Kohbar for Saudi women who had obtained a valid license while overseas.