For the first time, the Saudi General Directorate of Passports has advertised 140 jobs for women at its airports and border crossings. In just over a week it has received over 107,000 applications, with the job postings being viewed more than 600,000 times. This is the latest step in Saudi Arabia’s plan to diversify the economy, known as Vision 2030, led by the Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman.
In the past few months and years, more women have been joining the country’s workforce than ever before, with the number of women working in the private sector having increased by 130 percent in the past 4 years. This is set to continue as the crowned prince looks to lift restrictions in areas that had previously prevented women from working.
With women continuing to gain more freedom and independence, both financially and socially, how is this likely to affect the social dynamics of this conservative nation?