Prince Fahad’s vision of women driving in Saudi Arabia
Friday 12th Jun 2015
Saudi woman breaking the driving ban
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A new mobile game, from Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud’s company NA3M, is breaking tradition by allowing Saudi women to ride motorcycles through a post-apocalyptic landscape while revolting against a tyrannical leadership. The narrative may seem too close-to-the-bone for other Saudis to create if they wish to avoid the lash, but the forward thinking Prince does not shy from controversy.
“Saudi Girls Revolution” is set in the latter part of the 21st century, in which a world war over a lack of natural resources has wiped out most of Earth’s population. The one city untouched by war: Riyadh, rich with water. After the death of the king, unrest leads to brutal government camps for women.
Enter the eight heroines of “Saudi Girls Revolution.” Dressed in abayas—the full-length black robes worn by some Muslim women—they drive high-speed motorbikes equipped with magical shields and energy blasters, fighting villains and oppressors across treacherous landscapes.
Fahad Bin Faisal Al Saud, NA3M games
Some may see a certain irony, that while women currently languish in jail for breaking the driving ban, a member of the Saudi Royal Family creates a game in which they can drive. The young Prince clearly goes against the grain within the Royal family, and while he has been vocal in his support of the current king and his predecessor Abdullah, he certainly doesn’t share their views on individual freedom. It will also raise some eye brows that one of the games character’s is gay. Homosexuality is still illegal in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is punishable by flogging, imprisonment and death.
Saudi Girls revolution will be released later this year, visit NA3M’s website for more details.
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