Most Commented

Saudi Plans Women-Only City

13/08/2012 08:49

Saudi Arabia’s Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has announced the creation of a women’s city in order to maintain the country’s strict sharia principles but also allow women who are eager to fulfill their career ambitions to do so.

The city is already being planned out and construction will begin in 2013. The eastern city of Hafuf will attract about 500 million riyals ($133 million) and should create at least 5,000 jobs in textiles, pharmaceuticals, and food processing. All firms, factories, and production lines will be run and maintained by women.

For more on women in Saudi Arabia, see:  
Sharia law in Saudi Arabia permits women working as long as her duties in the home are also fulfilled. However, working is difficult for women who are not allowed out of the home without a close male family member.

Modon’s plan for the city is to allow women a more prominent role in the country’s economic well-being and to create jobs. Deputy General Saleh Al-Rasheed told the Saudi daily al-Eqtisadiah, “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.”

Many of Saudi Arabia’s industrial centers already have areas cordoned off for women and factories owned and run by women. But Modon plans on expanding this sector over the next few years.

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

The role of women in the workplace has changed drastically over the past year, ever since women demanded the right to replace male staff in lingerie shops. Soon after, women replaced male employees in a number of female-related stores such as those selling perfume, cosmetics, lingerie, and abayas.

Image credit: Flickr, Ranoush
Author:    Amira Haddad
Tags:    Saudi Arabia     women     jobs     employment     Islam
Related Articles
Modest Women Have Few Options on Abu Dhabi’s Shores
Women’s Status Unlikely to Improve Following Arab Spring
Bayt Publishes Annual MENA Women in the Work Place Survey
Women in Niqab Start Women-Only Channel in Cairo
Reader Comments: 4
Cano Manuel
2013-05-29 11:20:42
Why can't they just be given the right to work on equal footing with the men? Women are just as capable as men. Leaving a city for all women is not a good idea at all, just as having a city exclusively for men is.
2013-05-06 03:45:16
No Brains
Oh GOD for heavens sake please give these people some brains!! sic...
mn vksj dv
2013-03-24 15:06:49
The idea is absurd but at least they are working for pay????? Hopefully are earning decent money.
2013-03-22 04:58:30
A Saudi Arabian woman walks into a lingerie store.
Male store attendant (MSA): Can I help you with anything Madamme? Saudi Woman: Yes, I would like to buy a bra please. MSA: OK. Madamme, what is your cup size please? SW: 38. MSA: OK, madamme let me help you try this.

LINK 2718Abu Dhabi to Open Women’s BeachModest Women Have Few Options on Abu Dhabi’s ShoresEmirati_women_beach_JFPescatore-Flickr.jpeg02334GulfGeneral Overview
LINK 2638Egypt Revolution Ignores Abuse of WomenWomen’s Status Unlikely to Improve Following Arab Springtahrir3.jpg0777North AfricaGeneral Overview
LINK 2249Annual Survey of Working MENA Women PublishedBayt Publishes Annual MENA Women in the Work Place SurveyGulf_Women_Niqab.jpg0861JobsGeneral Overview
LINK 2499All-Women Islamic TV in EgyptWomen in Niqab Start Women-Only Channel in CairoEgypt_women_niqab_Ulania-Flickr.jpg01886North AfricaGeneral Overview