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Saudi Arabia is to build a new city exclusively for women. The Gulf kingdom is working on the narrow junction between strict Sharia law and the aspirations of active females who wish to pursue their own careers.

­The new plan is to combine women’s desire to work in the modern age and provide a job environment that would go hand-in-hand with the country’s Sharia law. The Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has been charged to lead the country into a new era.

The ambitious mono-city is now being designed with construction to begin next year. The municipality in the Eastern city of Hafuf is expected to attract 500 million riyals (US$133 million) in investments and it will create around 5,000 jobs in the textiles, pharmaceuticals and food processing industries. There will be women-run firms and production lines for women.

Saudi Sharia law does allow women to work, given that her essential duties of homemaking should not be neglected. But in reality around 15 per cent of women are represented in the workforce, according to some estimates.

The Modon plan shadows the government’s desire for women to play a more important role in the development of the country. Among the stated objectives are to create job spots for young people.

“I’m sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many aspects and clarify the industries that best suit their interests, their nature and their ability,” Modon’s deputy director-general, Saleh Al-Rasheed, told Saudi daily al-Eqtisadiah.

Saudi’s existing industrial cities already have factories owned by women, as well as companies that employ a small portion of the female population.

Apart from Hafuf, the Saudis are developing more women-only polis projects.

“We are now working on a second industrial city for women,” said Saleh Al Rasheed. “We have plans to establish a number of women-only industries in various parts of the kingdom.”

The kingdom’s rampant desire to boost its citizen workforce participation and change the women’s unemployment rate is also changing the retail landscape. The state is attempting to replace foreign salespeople with Saudi women in its female apparel shops, according to a research carried out by Booz and Co.

This summer, women started replacing sales staff in cosmetics and perfume shops, only half a year after they replaced male sales staff in lingerie stores. By the end of the year, women plan to replace their gender counterparts in stores selling abayas, the traditional black cloak worn by women.

But despite the degree of emancipation, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia are still defined by Islam and lack basic freedoms found in many Western cultures. For instance, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving.

Yet recently efforts have been made to change the societal structure in the kingdom.

Last September, King Abdullah announced that women will be able to vote and run in the 2015 local elections, and be appointed to the Consultative Assembly.

This July, women also obtained the right to represent their country at the London Olympic Games.

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  • Andrew Ryback

    Another example of “Sunni sickness”. The Saudis are not followers of the Islam of the Qur’an but rabid followers of false hadith, false sharia and unfortunately make billions because they control Mecca for Haj and umrah.

    The Qur’an says, don’t break up into factions and the Sunnis as well as the Shia and a multitude of lessors have divided Islam, each rejoicing in its’ own false doctrines. All of them have thrown the Qur’an behind their backs. Saudi Arabia is not the seat of Islam, but the degeneration of Islam and has been so for ages. Sadly they have duped the vast majority of “Muslims” with their lies and nonsense.

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  • James

    Andrew,

    I hope you’re not a White man who has turned his back on his kinfolk whoring after strange g-ds. If you have, it would be better for you if you’d never been born.

    The GOD of our forefathers is THE GOD of our race.

    Our beliefs stretch back in time for thousands of years, whereas, the MUD people who follow that STATANIC non-White g-d, have only had their stink of a religion since 600AD – hardly a drop in the bucket of time, compared to my people.

    OUR RACE IS OUR NATION!!

    You turn your back on your RACE and you are nothing more than an empty shell; housing a dead spirit.

    I am a SAXON. I am ISAAC’s SON and in Isaac shall my seed be called.

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    • Andrew

      James,
      Your reply to my comment is totally incoherent. I haven’t a clue as to what you are rambling on about. Have a good day.

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  • James

    Hi my name is James and I’m a racist fuck dog. I know I’m stupid nut i cant help it…Everytime i open my mouth or try to type nothing but diahrea comes ouutt. I hate non-whites and I don’t know why…
    Um Um… Wasn’t Isaac a Jew? hahahahaha

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