MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: In a pathbreaking move in Saudi Arabia, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina.
Women are seen in a military khaki uniform, with a hip-length jacket, loose trousers, and a black beret. They are also seen in a veil.
The presence of female soldiers and security is part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reforms in the country in favour of women's rights.
By modernising the highly conservative Muslim nation, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman intends to attract foreign investment under a diversification drive.
Under his rule, a driving ban on women has been lifted, allowing adult women to travel without permission from male guardians and granting them more control over family.