A tourism complex for women and children only is set to open in early July in the conservative Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where the sexes are strictly segregated, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The complex, built at a cost of 20 million riyals ($5.3 million), covers an area of 100,000 square meters (more than one million square feet) in the town of Al-Jouf, northwest Saudi Arabia, the Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat said.
Developed by a private firm, Kayed Bros., it will offer leisure and cultural activities, a physiotherapy clinic, shops, restaurants and an IT center.
The complex, reserved for women and young holidaymakers aged 10 or under, will create jobs for 120 women, a third of them Saudis with the number to be increased gradually.
Women in Saudi Arabia are veiled in black in public and are not allowed to travel without authorization from a male guardian or to eat alone in a restaurant. Segregation normally limits their jobs option to the health and education sectors. ― (AFP, Dubai)
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