For the first time, Saudi Arabia allows women to spectate at football matches, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country.
Amid gradual reforms, Saudi Arabia allows women to attend a football match for the first time.
- The top cleric of Saudi Arabia says Iranians "are not Muslims."
- Value Added Tax (VAT) has been introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
- At a GCC summit in Kuwait City, the United Arab Emirates announce a political and military alliance with Saudi Arabia.
- With 98 percent of the votes counted, Liberia's National Elections Commission announces these unofficial results show Senator George Weah, a former Pro footballer, defeating vice president Joseph Boakai, 61.5 to 38.5 percent, in the runoff of October's presidential election, to succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female Liberian president.
- Seven Israeli chess players are denied travel visas to the Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Saudi Arabia as the two countries have no diplomatic relations. Players from Qatar and Iran are given last-minute visas, while Ukrainian champion Anna Muzychuk refuses to participate because she does not want to wear an abaya.