Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree lifting the ban on women driving. His son Prince Khaled bin Salman has described the move as a “huge step forward.” Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which banned woman from driving.
Reforms in Saudi Arabia taking place under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman include lifting a 35-year ban on cinemas in the desert nation. A showing of "Black Panther" is scheduled for a test screening in Riyadh.
The ultraconservative kingdom is trying to expand entertainment opportunities for its young population. As many as 350 cinemas are planned by 2030.
For the first time in 35 years, Saudis can go to the movies again in their country, part of a drive to modernize the arch-conservative desert kingdom. Saudi blogger Dahlia Rahaimy told DW how important the reforms are.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman enjoys the support of many young Saudis who suffer from high unemployment — but will his economic reform plans succeed? Sam Bollier reports.
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