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Arab Fashion Week Riyadh 2018

As Saudi Continues to Progress, the Country's First Arab Fashion Week Is Announced

Since granting women the right to drive, the country has allowed women into sports stadiums for the first time, called for the opening of cinemas for the first time in 35 years, and even started hiring female Uber and Careem drivers.

Just last month, the Kingdom announced that they would be allowing tourist visas to men, as well as to women over the age of 25, and now, women are being hired by the country's General Directorate of Passports.

As women become more full participants in Saudi society, Arab News also announced last week that the country's first female tour guide was named the best in the kingdom.

It seems that every few days we're getting news of progress, and now, it's been announced that the country will host its first ever Arab Fashion Week in the capital city of Riyadh.

The Arab Fashion Council, which is based in Dubai, said on its official website that fashion week will be held in Riyadh from March 26-31, with a second edition scheduled for October, 2018.

The week-long event will be held at the eco-friendly Apex Center, which was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid.

Saudi Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al-Saud has been named as the Arab Fashion Council's honorary president.

"The first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh will be more than a world-class event, it is a catalyst through which we believe the fashion sector will lead other economic sectors such as tourism, hospitality, travel, and trade," Princess Noura said in a statement on the council's website.

In past years, Arab Fashion Week has exclusively been held in Dubai, and the UAE city will continue to host its own event, this year from May 9-12.

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