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Women to be allowed to wear bikinis at Saudi Arabia beach resort

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Staff Writer | August 5, 2017
A planned beach resort in Saudi Arabia is expected to lift restrictive laws regarding women's dress by allowing them to wear bikinis.
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Saudi Arabia's government said the upcoming Red Sea beach resort will be "governed by laws on par with international standards," including lifting certain laws in order to allow women to wear bikinis in pool and beach areas, USA Today reported.

The resort is part of the government's Vision 2030, headed by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to modernize Saudi Arabia and move its economy away from a dependence on oil.

"It goes without question that Prince Mohammed's Vision 2030 is to ... improve the relatively negative image of the kingdom in the world with regard to treating women," Massoud Maalouf, an advocate for women's rights in the Middle East and North Africa, said.

Law allows foreign women to wear western clothing within their compounds and in some areas where the laws are not as strictly enforced, foreign women can be seen in modest western dresses, but the policy surrounding bikinis at the resort would be new for the nation.