How is Saudi Arabia changing?

Saudi Arabia is a rich and powerful nation. It is also quite secretive and has been accused of infringing basic human rights. There does, however, seem to be some degree of change in the air:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7462238.stm

In Septmber 2011 it was revealed that Saudi women would finally be permitted to vote in elections. This was seen as a major step forward: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15052030

 

Will Saudi Arabia’s “economic city” succeed?

The Saudi government plans to build a city for 2 million people over the next 15 years. It will be a centre of economic activity, but will it work:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7446923.stm