In Foreign Policy by yours truly:
There are places in Saudi Arabia where the conservative country’s rules don’t seem to apply. It’s one of Saudi Arabia’s many paradoxes: The government builds gated, liberal communities, and promotes them as an attempt to change the culture of a conservative society. But at the same time, it punishes those who attempt to replicate these communities’ values outside of their walls. It’s a prime example of the kingdom’s scattershot, and usually ineffective, approach to reform.