Freedom without men

Welcome to gender apartheid, Saudi-style:

For a country that goes to such great lengths to segregate unrelated men and women, it took Saudi Arabia a long time to hit on the idea of women-only hotels.

The kingdom’s first hotel exclusively for females opened yesterday, offering plush lodgings with a full-range of health and beauty facilities for ladies to pamper themselves, away from the accusing eyes of a male-dominated society.

“Inside this physical structure, we are all women,” said the Luthan Hotel’s executive director Lorraine Coutinho. “We even have bell-women. We are women-owned, women-managed and women-run, from our IT engineer to our electrical engineer.

The US-backed dictatorship is also starting to engage with Israel, albeit on a small scale.

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