YEMEN Press Agency

Bin Salman to change Holy Mecca to global cultures center

SANAA, March. 3 (YPA) – The Holy City of Mecca will host women’s marathon in April, the first to be held in the history of Saudi Kingdom, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported.

Saudi Al-Wahda Club will host women’s marathon in its headquarters in Mecca, according to the Newspaper.

The marathon will be sponsored by Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan, undersecretary of the general authority for sport and head of the Saudi federation for community sports.

This event comes for the first time in the history of the Kingdom, and within the framework of current reformations by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who seeks to turn Mecca, the capital of the Islamic rituals, into a center for various sporting, cultural activities and a platform for full openness to global culture of all kinds.

Bin Salman announced a vision last year that allowed women to have more freedom, topped by allowing women to drive cars, entering sports stadiums, and opening commercial investments without asking for permission.\