Saudi-Arabia is a gender segregated society where government offices are no exception. Women are not allowed in the main buildings at all because their male family members are supposed to take care of most of the woman's issues. However there are specific much smaller sections for the women, usually located in a separate building or at the side or back of the main building.They are frustratingly burocratic places that operate with stone-aged policies.
There will be a male security guard watching the door and letting women enter into the female only office. The door is kept locked to prevent the dubious men prowling the area from running in to see unveiled women. Just kidding.
Inside are female security officers and other office workers in normal clothing. The places are pretty unorganised and confusing especially to a first time visitor. Just like in the men at the main buildings, the women are also forced to que to one window after another to get something done. Only difference is women's sections are not as crowded and the most important things can be done in the men's (main) office ONLY.
Women are required to sign all paperwork by stamping their thumb on the forms. Note even if the women are literate and fully capable of signing their own names this ancient practise is compulsory for them.
I overheard a woman accompanied by her daughter approach one to help make a complaint about her husband who had not showed up for a long time or given the family financial support.