Saudi Arabia enters its “Golden Era”

saudiwomanFrom today’s Bloomberg.com: Credit Suisse Group has declared the country to be in a “golden era,” with the economy expected to grow 4.9 percent. Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil supplier with 25% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

Oil has climbed about 80 percent in the past year. Half of Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product comes from the oil and gas industry. The kingdom is seeking to build five cities as part of a plan to attract foreign investment and create more than 2 million jobs.”

And yet, Saudi women can’t legally drive or ride bicycles. Until this year, they couldn’t enter a hotel without a male escort. And their testimony is considered “presumption” not fact – even in their own rape trials. Not my kind of Golden Era.