In a move described by the foreign ministry as “another step to empowerment”, it was announced last week that Saudi women will soon be allowed to serve in the armed forces, in the ranks of private first class, corporal or sergeant. In other news, the Kingdom saw 24,000 visitors enter the country within the first ten days of the implementation of the new tourist visa system; China topped the list in terms of visitor numbers, with the UK and US coming in close behind.

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