KSA's new rule to reduce genders mixing

Saudi Arabia has banned new cafés and beauty salons from being built near each other in a bid to reduce gender mixing, a local newspaper has reported.

New women’s hairdressing and beauty salons will not be allowed to open near cafés – typically only frequented by men – public parks and sporting stadiums, while new coffee shops will be banned from opening near women’s stores or having windows overlooking such shops, Arabic daily Ajel reported.

The conservative Islamic kingdom restricts interaction between unrelated men and women, particularly those who are not married.

Under King Abdullah, Saudi women have gradually been allowed to work in female stores such as lingerie shops and beauty salons, under strict rules that include a partition between male and female staff members’ working areas.

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Posted by: John Harte

Not exactly giving a progressive image to the world, and it will only make societal tensions worse, but it's their country and they can do want they like.

Posted by: Lew Di Crus

WOW-great idea. Perhaps they should ban the birth of twins if they happen to be male and female-the ultimate gender mixing. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Kais

Lew, I'm Saudi and and also think this is crazy. Still, I had to laugh hard at your separation-at-birth comment! Haha!

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