Women can now drive in Saudi Arabia

Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

However, the Saudi ambassador to the United States reportedly said that Saudi women with a driver's licence from any of the GCC states would be allowed to drive immediately in the country.

It would also be short-sighted to allow this victory to obscure the fact that Saudi Arabia needs its women driving - and, more specifically, working. "The decree will take effect in June 2018", Saudi state TV said.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said: "It is a testimony to the bravery of women activists who have been campaigning for years". You may be interested to know that a few minutes ago a royal decree has been issued in Saudi Arabia giving women the right to drive.

The arrival of women drivers could lift Saudi auto sales by 15-20 percent annually, leading forecaster LMC Automotive predicts, as the kingdom's "car density" of 220 vehicles per 1,000 adults rises to about 300 in 2025, closing the gap with the neighboring United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, had been widely criticised for being the only country in the world that barred female motorists, a tradition seen by rights activists as emblematic of Riyadh's repression of women.

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Previously, women in the Gulf nation could be arrested for driving.

This decision was adopted due to Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is now attempting a profound transformation of the Saudi economy and society. But the rule change adds nearly 9 million potential drivers, including 2.7 million resident non-Saudi women, Merrill Lynch has calculated.

Despite the breakthrough that won plaudits internationally and from inside Saudi Arabia, she refused to take any credit, saying: "No, no, it wasn't me, it was everyone doing everything". This means less than one-third of the world's lawmakers are women.

Men and women danced in the streets to drums and electronic music, in scenes that were a stunning novelty in a country. Until now, Saudi Arabia has been the only country in the world that didn't allow women to drive and it has received a lot of criticism for detaining women who broke the law by getting behind the wheel. The ban holds women back from jobs, leaves them dependent on male relatives or drivers.

In a royal decree, the monarch directed minister of interior to constitute a high-level ministerial committee to carry out studies about the necessary arrangements to implement the royal decree. President Trump has commended the kingdom's decision to affirm the right of women to drive in the country.

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