Established in 1932, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reportedly world’s dominant oil producer sitting on largest hydrocarbon reserves, is birthplace of Prophet Muhammad, cradle of Islam and land of two holiest mosques in Mecca (Masjid al-Haram) and Medina (Al-Masjid al-Nabawi). It is also home to Madain Saleh, huge sand dunes, Arabian oryx, spectacular reefs, and traditional Bedouin hospitality. King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud is head of the state.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, hailed it as a “step in the right direction” for the desert kingdom. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, commended Saudi Arabia for this groundbreaking, bold and long-awaited reform, allowing women to play a more active role in the society. It was a major advancement for the rights of women.
Zed pointed out that women had made significant contributions to Saudi society and this step would further their roles in the advancement of the country and world. In September last, Saudi Arabia announced giving right to women to vote and run in future municipal elections and to be appointed to all-male influential advisory Shura Council from next term in 2015.
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