More Than 100,000 Saudi Women Vie for 140 Passport Control Jobs

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Saudi Arabia, which is opening up its conservative society, said 107,000 women applied for just 140 vacancies to work in airports and land border-crossings.

It’s the first time the Saudi General Directorate of Passports is recruiting women to work at passport controls, according to an emailed statement. The job carries a military rank.

Saudi Arabia in September said it will allow women to drive from June this year, ending a decades-long ban. In January, female fans attended official soccer matches for the first time.

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