It is important to mention here that people coming to Saudi Arabia on visit visa cannot apply for Hajj using this procedure.
The elections for local councils next month are the third in the nation’s modern history, but the first in which women will be allowed to both vote and stand, under a decree by the late King Abdullah.
Their duties should they win will be the mundane tasks of councils everywhere, such as supervising road maintenance.
Homosexuality and transgenderism are widely seen as immoral and indecent activities, and the law punishes acts of homosexuality or cross-dressing with execution, imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, or whipping/flogging.
Saudi Arabia has no criminal code as traditionally the legal system of Saudi Arabia has consisted of royal decrees and the legal opinions of Muslim judges and clerics, and not legal codes/written law.
’s requests for comment from both airports and the Saudi embassy in Manila were not immediately answered.
An online appeal to help Ms Lasoom using the tag #Save Dina Ali has sprung up with the aim of helping her, but critics have pointed out that images of her unused ticket from Manila to Sydney and videos purporting to show her arguing with airport officials currently circulating on social media could be fake.
LGBT rights are not recognized by the government of Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi social mores and laws are heavily influenced by Arab tribal customs and ultra-conservative Wahhabi Islam.
“I’m not excited by the idea of winning,” said Loujain al-Hathloul, who earlier this year was released from 73 days in prison after taking part in the campaign to allow women to drive.
Now she is Candidate Number 1 for Riyadh District 5.
“I’m focussed on increasing the number of women who stand in elections.” King Abdullah, who died at the age of 91 in January, won a reputation in his later years for increasing opportunities for women in the kingdom, previously notorious as one of the few countries that forces all women to wear the hijab, or headscarf, and requires them to seek permission of their “guardians’ - father, husband or brother - before they travel.