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Saudi women and men to attend public celebration for the first time together

24 September 2017

Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its founding this weekend with an unprecedented array of free concerts and performances. It also includes allowing women into King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh which is a first in the conservative Islamic kingdom. The festivities are part of a government bid to boost national pride and improve the quality of life for Saudis.

The concert is featuring 11 Arab musicians, plus fireworks, air acrobatics and traditional folk dance shows. The events are part of the Vision 2030 reform programme launched two years ago.  However in a country that bans gender mixing in concerts and cinemas, the event aims to empower women, promote sports and invest in entertainment.