Saudi Arabia has been undertaking a program of rapid social reform, driven by the demands of a diversifying economy and the aspirations of a new generation of Saudis. This ambitious agenda is now being challenged by the twin blows of the coronavirus pandemic and declining oil revenue. How will this new economic reality affect labor markets and social space, particularly the advances made by women? How will the limitations on mobility impact key engines for economic diversification, such as tourism? How are cultural institutions reacting to the new challenges? Are there opportunities to be found in these disruptions?
Ghadah Alharthi, Associate Lecturer, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London; Cultural Consultant, Barker Langham Middle East Projects
Ahmed Alowfi, Nonresident Researcher, Head of the Cultural Studies Unit, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Hanaa Almoaibed, Research Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Kristin Smith Diwan, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW
Mark C. Thompson, Senior Associate Fellow, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies