Saudi Arabia is planning to build a new city exclusively for women to encourage them pursue careers without breaking the nation’s strict Islamic laws.
Reports say the controversial city, which is now being designed will have its construction begin next year. The city is expected to have women-run firms and also production lines for women.
The plan coincides with the governments ambitions to get women to play a more active part in the development of the country. Among the stated objectives are to create jobs, particularly for younger women.
‘I’m sure that women can demonstrate their efficiency in many aspects and clarify the industries that best suits their interests, their nature and their ability’, Modon’s deputy director-general, Saleh Al-Rasheed, told Saudi daily newspaper 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 and Saleh Al Rasheed added: ‘We are now working on a second industrial city for women.”