Registration was successful!
Please follow the link from the email sent to

Women Can Now Drive Legally in Saudi Arabia

Subscribe
As of yesterday, Saudi Arabian women have been celebrating the historic lifting of the conservative kingdom's ban on women driving. Images of merry Saudi female motorists, never seen behind the wheel in their home country before, have been collected in Sputnik's gallery.

Up to June 24, 2018, Saudi Arabia had remained the world's only country legally barring female motorists since the late 1970s. In September 2017, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud issued a royal decree ordering the lifting of the ban, which is a part of wide-ranging changes being implemented to modernize the kingdom. A significant role in the reform process is attributed to Mohammed bin Salman, who was appointed crown prince in June 2017. Within the framework of the reforms women are now allowed to attend public entertainment events and serve in the armed forces.

Saudi women marked the date by taking to the roads en masse last night and took to Twitter to express their pride and endorse the move.

© AFP 2021 / Amer Hilabi Hala Hussein Alireza, a newly licensed Saudi motorist, drives a car on the main road in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018, after a ban on women driving was officially lifted.
Newly-licensed Saudi female motorist - Sputnik International
1/12
Hala Hussein Alireza, a newly licensed Saudi motorist, drives a car on the main road in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018, after a ban on women driving was officially lifted.
© REUTERS / Hamad I MohammedA Bahraini woman, Eman Mohammed, takes a selfie with her phone as she celebrates with Saudi and Bahraini women the lifting of the driving ban on women, in east Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2018.
Saudi and Bahraini women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban - Sputnik International
2/12
A Bahraini woman, Eman Mohammed, takes a selfie with her phone as she celebrates with Saudi and Bahraini women the lifting of the driving ban on women, in east Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2018.
© REUTERS / Hamad I MohammedZuhoor Assiri gestures as she drives her car in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2018.
Female driver from Saudi Arabia - Sputnik International
3/12
Zuhoor Assiri gestures as she drives her car in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2018.
© AP Photo / Nariman El-MoftyThirty-four-year-old Asmaa al-Assdmi poses for a photograph holding her new car license at the Saudi Driving School inside Princess Nora University in Saudi Arabia.
Female driver from Saudi Arabia with her new car license - Sputnik International
4/12
Thirty-four-year-old Asmaa al-Assdmi poses for a photograph holding her new car license at the Saudi Driving School inside Princess Nora University in Saudi Arabia.
© AFP 2021 / Amer HilabiA Saudi Arabian woman, Samira Al-Ghamdi, is seen in her car receiving food from a fast food restaurant in the coastal city of Jeddah for the first time after the ban on women driving was officially lifted.
Saudi woman in drive-through restaurant - Sputnik International
5/12
A Saudi Arabian woman, Samira Al-Ghamdi, is seen in her car receiving food from a fast food restaurant in the coastal city of Jeddah for the first time after the ban on women driving was officially lifted.
© AFP 2021 / Fayez NureldineSaudi women attend a go-kart test drive during a driving workshop for women in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2018.
Saudi women during go-kart test drive in Riyadh - Sputnik International
6/12
Saudi women attend a go-kart test drive during a driving workshop for women in the Saudi capital Riyadh on June 21, 2018.
© REUTERS / Hamad I MohammedSaudi women celebrate after driving their cars in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2018, after the ban on women driving was officially lifted.
Women celebrate their first ride after driving ban was lifted - Sputnik International
7/12
Saudi women celebrate after driving their cars in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, on June 24, 2018, after the ban on women driving was officially lifted.
© AFP 2021 / Hussain RadwanA Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on the main street of Khobar on her way to the Kingdom of Bahrain on June 24, 2018.
Woman celebrate her first ride after driving ban was lifted - Sputnik International
8/12
A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on the main street of Khobar on her way to the Kingdom of Bahrain on June 24, 2018.
© REUTERS / Hamad I MohammedHannan Iskandar prepares to drive her car through her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, on June 23, 2018.
Woman before her first ride after driving ban was lifted - Sputnik International
9/12
Hannan Iskandar prepares to drive her car through her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, on June 23, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Fayez NureldineA Saudi woman prepares to use a go-kart during a driving workshop for women in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on June 21, 2018.
Saudi woman prepares to use go-kart in Riyadh - Sputnik International
10/12
A Saudi woman prepares to use a go-kart during a driving workshop for women in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on June 21, 2018.
© REUTERS / Hamad I MohammedA Bahraini woman, Nouf Al Maloud, hugs a Saudi Arabian lady, Zahoor Assiri, as they arrive in east Saudi in their cars to promote and congratulate Saudi women on the lifting of the driving ban in Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2018.
Saudi women congratulate each other on the lifting of driving ban - Sputnik International
11/12
A Bahraini woman, Nouf Al Maloud, hugs a Saudi Arabian lady, Zahoor Assiri, as they arrive in east Saudi in their cars to promote and congratulate Saudi women on the lifting of the driving ban in Saudi Arabia on June 24, 2018.
© AP Photo / Nariman El-MoftyHessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Female driver from Saudi Arabia in Riyadh - Sputnik International
12/12
Hessah al-Ajaji drivers her car down the capital's busy Tahlia Street after midnight for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала