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« on: Mar 20, 2008 07:40 AM »


Hmm would you stay there? And what about all the weirdos out there...wouldn't they be attracted to a hotel just full of women? I'd be worried about security but if that's taken care of it'd be fun to go to Smiley -- J.

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Saudis open hotel for women only

BBC news

The Middle East's first women-only hotel has opened in Saudi Arabia.

It will cater primarily to businesswomen, who work completely covered from head to toe in public and have to observe strict segregation.

The hotel, in Riyadh, has 25 rooms and boasts fine dining and conference facilities, as well as a range of health and beauty treatments.

Its executive director said the response to the idea of a hotel just for women had been overwhelming.

The Luthan Hotel & Spa is owned by a group of 20 Saudi princesses and businesswomen.

It hopes to attract expatriates from the nearby diplomatic quarter as well as local women.

Inauguration

It is the first spa hotel in the kingdom available to women all the time - pools in other hotels are only open to women on certain fixed days or hours.

   We are women-owned, women-managed and women-run
Lorraine Coutinho, executive director, Luthan Hotel & Spa

Saudi Arabia, where the doctrine of Islam known as Wahhabism is applied, strictly enforces the separation of the sexes in public.

Women are prevented from mixing with men other than relatives, from driving cars and from employment in many jobs. They are required to cover themselves in Islamic dress when in public.

Our correspondent Frances Harrison says it is a huge bonus that inside the hotel they can move around uncovered as if they were at home.

Luthan Hotel & Spa executive director Lorraine Coutinho said: "Inside this physical structure, we are all women. We even have bell-women. We are women-owned, women-managed and women-run."

The inauguration of the hotel was attended by Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, secretary general of the Supreme Commission for Tourism.

Saudi tourism officials who attended the launch have encouraged other women to invest in similar hotels across the kingdom.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 20, 2008 03:50 PM »

As salaamu alaikum

I agree, there would have to be good security, but that should exist everywhere to prevent unwanted and preventable problems.

It sounds like an excellent idea and it's owned and operated by women which is a plus.  With conference facilities, women's only conferences could be held without concern that men might be on the premises.  Perhaps the concept will catch on in other places and would certainly be beneficial for businesswomen (or other single women) who travel alone and need a safe environment and one that caters to their likes/needs and not a generic or even more male oriented set of services.

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« Reply #2 on: Mar 20, 2008 05:50 PM »

salam

isn't it lovely how the bbc jumps at any news from saudi involving women?   and how they just *have* to insert the word wahabism anywhere saudi is mentioned. wowzers.

and they say al-jazeera is skewed.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 21, 2008 02:56 AM »

does that mean you could meet your friends at one of their restaurants without hijab?  Grin
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