File picture: Pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Image Credit: AP

Dubai: Two Saudi women have been appointed as assistants to Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, for the first time in the history of the Kingdom’s highest religious institution.

Al Sudais appointed Dr Fatima Al Rushood and Dr Al Anoud Al Aboud as his assistants.

Al Sudais also issued a resolution introducing the position of assistant for women’s empowerment as part of ongoing efforts to empower women.

The general presidency aims to continue to work to make the most of the distinguished women's cadres and harness their efforts in the service of visitors and pilgrims.

The appointment of women in senior positions at religious institutions is in line with the Saudi vision 2030 to leverage women’s distinguished capabilities in serving visitors and pilgrims to the two holy mosques.