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Friday sees the next match to welcome women spectators, when Jeddah-based Al Ittihad Football Club play against Al Hilal FC in Riyadh's 68,000-seater King Fahd International Stadium.

Saudi women made a new history on Friday by attended the Saudi professional League game in Jeddah, an activity that was limited to men for decades.

The only place women are now allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia is around go-kart racing tracks. "Before this, the country had restricted women from entering the country without a mahram or male or female companion", a spokesman for the organisation said.

According to reports, women will be allowed for the first time with designated seating in the "family section".

Driving schools for women are expected to open in March so that the first female drivers will be ready to get their licenses as soon as the band comes off.

But for the soccer game, a former Saudi sports journalist shared a photo of female ushers preparing to greet the female fans and their families.

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It prepared for the historic match by tweeting an image featuring a woman's face painted in gold, the club's colour.

CNN said that after the decree was issued, the company launched a series of training sessions targeting Saudi women who have already acquired valid driving licenses while overseas.

Basketball club Al Ittihad tweeted their thanks to their female fans' support.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been easing restrictions on women in the country since he came into power last June.

The ambitious young prince is taking executive charge on transforming the country's economy, which has been in the doldrums for years, in a programme named Vision 2030. "The commission's IT department is now building an electronic system for the issuance of tourist visas, coordinating with representatives of the National Information Centre and the Foreign Ministry", Al Mubarak is quoted as saying.

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