Saudi Women Now Free to Stay Alone in Hotels

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  01.23.08 | 11:02 AM ET

Facing criticism for its restrictions on women, the Saudi Arabian government said this week that individual Saudi women no longer need a male guardian to stay in a hotel or a furnished apartment within the Kingdom. However, hotels must send information about the traveler to local police, according to the AP.

It’s a small step, but there’s a long way to go.

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2 Comments for Saudi Women Now Free to Stay Alone in Hotels

Glenn 08.31.08 | 3:05 PM ET

At least this is a step in the right direction. Small, but a step nonetheless.

Why in the world would the local police need to know about the woman staying alone? How can Saudi Arabia possibly justify this?

cheryl 09.01.08 | 7:21 PM ET

I have some friends in KSA. They notify police in case some employees notice she brings any man there with her. He might not be family and she might be a prostitute. That’s how they think.

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