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Saudi Arabia Sends First Contestant to Miss Universe Pageant

Rumi Alqahtani, a 27-year-old model and influencer from Saudi Arabia, announced on Instagram that she will be the first participant from the country in the Miss Universe competition. Alqahtani was born in Riyadh and has previously won the titles of Miss Saudi ArabiaMiss Arab World Peace 2021, and Miss Woman (Saudi Arabia). This will be the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s first appearance in the Miss Universe pageant.

2024 Miss Universe Pageant in Mexico

  • The Miss Universe pageant 2024 will be held in Mexico.
  • According to Khaleej Times, Alqahtani has participated in several global competitions, including Miss and Mrs. Global Asian in Malaysia a few weeks ago.
  • Shennis Palacios of Nicaragua is the current Miss Universe.

Saudi Arabia’s Move Towards Liberalization

  • Saudi Arabia, an Islamic country, has been making efforts to improve its image as a liberal country under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.
  • Participation in the Miss Universe contest is seen as a big message and an indication that the conservative ideology is gradually eroding.
  • The country has traditionally maintained strict religious and social controls but is now allowing women to drive, attend mixed-gender events, and apply for a passport without a male guardian.

Saudi Arabia’s Economic Diversification

  • Saudi Arabia aims to diversify its economy away from oil and related businesses by attracting more than 150 million tourists by 2030.
  • The country plans to establish Qiddiya, a mega entertainment city, as part of its Vision 2030 plan.
  • It has been organizing music festivals and has bid for the 2034 men’s FIFA World Cup.
  • Saudi Arabia has also allowed the sale of liquor to non-Muslim diplomats in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh, a historic move for the Muslim country.

Other Beauty Pageant News

  • Krystyna Pyszkova of Czech Republic was crowned Miss World 2024 on 9 March 2024 in Mumbai, India.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams

  • Saudi Arabia Capital: Riyadh
  • Saudi Arabia King: Salman of Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia Currency: Saudi Riyal

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