It’s official, Saudi women are now allowed behind the wheel after the decades long ban has been lifted.
Last September it was announced the ban would be lifted, and the first licences were issued to women this month. More than 120,000 women applied for a driver’s license Sunday, according to senior Ministry of Interior and Traffic Directorate officials.
“Demand for obtaining driving licenses is very high,” said Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki, official spokesman of the Ministry of Interior.
Saudi Arabia was the only country left in the world where women were unable to drive and families had to hire chauffeurs for female relatives.
It was the only country left in the world where women could not drive and families had to hire private chauffeurs for female relatives.
In 1990 dozens of Saudi women were arrested for driving in Riyadh, and from 2008 there were other cases of women posting videos of themselves behind the wheel.
Saudi television presenter Sabika al-Dosari told the AFP news agency, “It is a historic moment for every Saudi woman”.
“It feels weird, I am so happy. . . I’m just too proud to be doing this right now,”
“We are ready, and it will totally change our life,”
“Saudi Arabia has just entered the 21st century,”
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