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6 ways life in Saudi Arabia will change in 2018
Amazingly historic! Though none but two, the gas price hike and privatization of the government-owned oil company, of the changes announced to occur this year is unusual in most of the countries, the impacts on Saudis by the new moves seem quite significant.
Here are the drastic changes;
- Women can drive. Now they aren’t allowed to drive.
- Women can sit with their family members to watch sports games. They sit separately from their male family members for now.
- People can watch movies in movie theaters. There are no cinemas in the kingdom until March.
- Tourists can visit the country. Only visitors to holy sites or on business are allowed to enter the kingdom for now.
Besides these changes, Saudis now have to pay a modest sales tax and gas prices comparable to the ones of other developed countries. All these moves are initiated by the heir apparent to transform the oil-addicted kingdom to an economically sustainable nation.
Enjoy reading the text and think which is more recluse or tightly regulated, Saudi Arabia or North Korea.