In the past six months, the opaque Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen a lot of steady changes. A series of social reforms upending all aspects of the Saudi society by the Crown Prince are winning hearts of all citizens in Saudi Arabia.
The transformation by introduction of moderate Islamic practices is shaking the entire kingdom. Glancing at what all took place in the past 6 months, the new Saudi leadership of King Salman and his son and heir, Prince Mohammed bin Salman is setting a bench mark.
1. Women Allowed To Drive For The First Time
Until September 2017, women in Saudi Arabia were not granted Driving License. Off lately, the new Crown Prince has not only allowed to drive but also given them liberty to drive trucks and motor bikes (commercial vehicles) in Saudi Arabia. Seem like a dream!
2. 35 Year Old Ban On Commercial Cinemas Lifted
Although not prohibited by Islam, the Kingdom banned watching movies and hence, cinema halls. The new Prince comes up with the opening of public cinema halls in March 2018, with segregated sections for women, men and families. A room for entertainment!
3. Ban on Using Mobile Phone Applications Removed
Until September 2017, the residents of Saudi Arabia, including citizens and expats, were not able to utilize the texting or calling via the Internet mobile applications. Now, all citizens have the services of mobile phone applications such as Facebook, IMO, WhatsApp and Skype. Saudi Arabia is with technology!
4. Organizing of Mix-Gender Social Mixing Events
Continuing the traditional Purdah system, the social mixing of male and female genders outside the family was prohibited until now. Prince Mohammad has organized music concerts, a Comic-Con pop culture festival and a mixed-gender national day celebration that saw people dancing in the streets for the first time. A more equal world comes!
5. Approval In Favor Of 40 Working Hours A Week
Most of the population in Saudi Arabia is employed in the private sector. King Salman approved the reduction of work hours for private sector employees from 45 to 40 per week and grants them a two-day weekend. A benefit to entire society!
Prince Mohammad is young and full of zeal. Every Saudi leader before him has been 70 or 80 years old when they took the throne and they have not had the capacity to attempt anything like this. He has upended all aspects of the society, destroying extremism and returning the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia to moderate Islam.
With so much already implemented, the Prince has hinted that there are more social reforms in the pipeline. And we know, the people will get used to it. They have to.