Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia is to build a new city exclusively for women. The Gulf kingdom is working on the narrow junction between strict Sharia law and the aspirations of active females who wish to pursue their own careers.

The new plan is to combine women’s desire to work in the modern age and provide a job environment that would go hand-in-hand with the country’s Sharia law. The Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) has been charged to lead the country into a new era.

The ambitious mono-city is now being designed with construction to begin next year. The municipality in the Eastern city of Hafuf is expected to attract 500 million riyals (US$133 million) in investments and it will create around 5,000 jobs in the textiles, pharmaceuticals and food processing industries. There will be women-run firms and production lines for women.

Saudi Sharia law does allow women to work, given that her essential duties of homemaking should not be neglected. But in reality around 15 per cent of women are represented in the workforce, according to some estimates.

The Modon plan shadows the government’s desire for women to play a more important role in the development of the country. Among the stated objectives are to create job spots for young people.

I’m sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many aspects and clarify the industries that best suit their interests, their nature and their ability,” Modon’s deputy director-general, Saleh Al-Rasheed, told Saudi daily al-Eqtisadiah.

Saudi’s existing industrial cities already have factories owned by women, as well as companies that employ a small portion of the female population.

Apart from Hafuf, the Saudis are developing more women-only polis projects.

We are now working on a second industrial city for women,” said Saleh Al Rasheed. “We have plans to establish a number of women-only industries in various parts of the kingdom.

The kingdom’s rampant desire to boost its citizen workforce participation and change the women’s unemployment rate is also changing the retail landscape. The state is attempting to replace foreign salespeople with Saudi women in its female apparel shops, according to a research carried out by Booz and Co.


they have such low esteem for women they make them go to their own city so they dont mix with the men?

get the hell out of the 15th century you religious maniacs..


~ by seeker401 on August 16, 2012.

8 Responses to “Women-only city planned for Saudi Arabia”

  1. Excellent, least there won’t be any shortage of dishwashers!

    Oh a more serious note, my guess is R would be suggesting the Saud’s have a labour problem?

  2. again, i think extremes at both ends are problematic.

    in the US people seem to think everything should be gender mixed because otherwise the women will end up with something substandard – even though studies have shown that for certain studies (math in particular) both boys and girls do better in a segregated environment. ( i certainly know where my mind was, starting around 7th grade lol…) it gets even worse in warm weather and more skin starts to show.

    but then other societies (like the nutcase saudis) go the other direction, complete covering of the body and total segregation.

    women will be free when they can live segregated, or not, based on their choice – and when they can walk down the street in a bikini, or a burqa, and have no one care.

  3. Agree with xxx I would say this is more to do with their psychological make up than their religion. Only complete nutters would allow any religion to dominate their lives in this extreme way. The same way as some gnostics want to rule the world, people’s choices and decide what is best for the world- it is far more to do with extreme mental dysfunctions than religion or non religion itself. These sorts of people would use any scapegoat to implement control and in this instance it’s religion. I personally believe people who can’t live and let live having deep routed feelings of inferiority. When will some people stop trying to impement their will on everyone else??

  4. That is so sad, having a city for women only, it’s like saying: “eeww girls, foochie, caca.”

  5. Another reason why we need a secular one-world government, and do away with these types of regional silliness.

  6. again, i’m sure many of the women are glad to be free of male attention for some period of time.

    btw, we have this in ths US as well, only it’s temporary/annual and it’s called ‘the dinah’ – google it…

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