Meet Weam al-Dakheil, a Lebanese journalist who has just made history in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
So what's the big deal, you ask? "All I see is an Arab female news reporter,” say?
How mistaken you are perceptions!
As of Thursday night, al-Dakheil holds the distinguished honor of being the first-ever female journalist to report the top news bulletin on Saudi state-run television.
This unprecedented event can largely be attributed to nationwide measures put in place by Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz, who also effectuated Saudi Arabian ladies' right to drive automobiles over a 100 years after they went mainstream in the West.
While this certainly was a first for Saudi women, it wasn't the first time al-Dakheil has reported news on TV.
After graduating from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, Weam went on to work as a news presenter for such wide-reaching organizations as the London-based Al Hayyat, Qatar's notorious Al Jazeera.
In perhaps her biggest step on the media front, she then went on to work as a news reporter for CNBC Arabia:
She speaks three languages (Arabic, English and French), has her BA in Journalism, and just last year received her diploma in Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance from the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World.
Yup. Things are are slowly, SLOWLY taking a turn toward the normal in Saudi Arabia.
Maybe revising government policies of public torture and killing of accused criminals in execution squares will be the next item on the good king's agenda!
Read more over at Dunya News.