Saudi Arabia has formally announced it will allow women to enter sports stadiums as the Islamic kingdom inches toward easing rules on gender segregation — but they will be seated in the so-called family section, an area separate from the male-only crowd.
The General Sports Authority described the decision as one that will allow “families” into the stadiums from next year — a term authorities use to refer to the public spaces that accommodate women.
These “family” sections are for women who are out on their own or who are accompanied by a male relative. 
Many restaurants and cafes, which often also have separate entrances for women, have similarly segregated seating arrangements.
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