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"The executive regulations for tourist visas have been finalized. It is independent of work, visit, Hajj and Umrah visas".

He said the commission's IT department is "currently building an electronic system for the issuance of tourist visas, coordinating with representatives of the National Information Center and the Foreign Ministry".

Lina Al-Maeena, a member of Saudi Arabia's formal advisory body the Shura Council, and director of the country's first women-only basketball team, told Arab News "It's a historic game, the first in which Saudi families can enter a stadium together".

It is one of three games that Saudi authorities said women would be allowed to attend this month. Those visas were facilitated by various tour operators licensed by the SCTH.

App-based auto services, Careem and Uber, are in the process of hiring female drivers after Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a royal decree lifting a ban on women driving (CNN).

In October, the Saudi General Sports Authority, a state agency, announced that three stadiums, up to now male-only facilities, would be prepared to be ready for families, including the allocation of special places for seating and entrances.

However, the official version given by the government was that the princes were arrested by an elite force called the Blood-rusted Sword directly linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after protesting austerity measures in front of a royal palace.

The kingdom, which announced the change in September, was the only the country in the world to bar women from driving and for years had garnered negative publicity internationally for detaining women who defied the ban. As a result, women will be allowed into Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah on Friday to watch a Saudi Premier League football match for the very first time.

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