Saudi transport ministry prepares women to drive cars safely

Monday, 12 March 2018

In preparation to implement Saudi King Salman’s decree allowing women to drive, the Saudi Ministry of Transport invited Saudi Women to its "Safe Driving Environment" forum to test driving simulations using the ministry's smart transportation system. The Ministry of Transport in Saudi Arabia has provided an opportunity for Saudi women to experience safe driving in preparation for the implementation of the Royal Order in June. The official account of the ministry invited women via ...

Will women be exempt from some traffic penalties in Saudi Arabia?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Informed sources have said that parties involved in developing executive regulations on regulatory requirements for women driving in Saudi Arabia are looking into a suggestion which exempts women from some traffic violation penalties. The sources said that some of the penalties in place are not suitable for women. Some of these sanctions include questioning the driver of a vehicle asked to stop or in some cases detaining the vehicle. According to Al-Watan’s newspaper on Tuesday, the ...

WATCH: Traditional-style Saudi song encourages men to gift cars to women

Monday, 9 October 2017

In light of the recent decree in Saudi Arabia which permits women to drive, Nawaf Al Assi, a poet known for his ‘sheilat’ (a form of desert chant, a folkloric form of poetry), wrote a sheila that supports the decree and praises Saudi women. Onwards and upwards, O daughter of Saudi Arabia Noble in this world and the next Follow the lines, for the license is for all The people of this country all congratulate you No longer offer your money to a driver Fully insure the car and gift it ...

Saudi husband justifies posting photo of teaching wife how to drive

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Faisal BaDughaish, the Saudi man who tweeted a photo of him in a car teaching his wife how to drive shortly after the ban on women’s driving was lifted, said those who insulted him and threatened him on Twitter have been approached by Saudi authorities. BaDughaish thanked Saudi security forces for quickly addressing the matter and thanked everyone who shared his photo respectfully. Speaking to, BaDughaish said his wife wanted to learn how to drive and the royal decree ...

In first, Saudi university to open driving school for women

Sunday, 1 October 2017

In a first for Saudi Arabia, a university has said it will open a driving school for women, following a royal decree which lifted a driving ban on women last week. Princess Nourah University says it has more than 60,000 female students in Riyadh and other cities. In a statement, the university said it was “preparing to set up a driving school in cooperation with the relevant authorities." "This is the first such announcement following this week's order by King Salman to allow ...

Women’s roles in Saudi Arabia: What they said, what we said

Sunday, 1 October 2017

As part of the cultural development which Saudi Arabia is witnessing, King Salman issued a historical decision to allow women to drive cars like their brothers. This is a complementary step towards a bright future. Developing societies is greatly important but some secondary major issues are often exaggerated for several reasons and become major obstacles. Women’s driving is an example of this in the Saudi social context. Vision 2030 led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman under the ...

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Saudi Arabia is not a backward state

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The decision to grant Saudi women a license to drive was no ordinary decision. It actually confirms Saudi Arabia’s decisive journey towards civilization, modernization and development. This has been Saudi Arabia’s orientation for many years, as it opened its markets and economy for foreign companies, sent its students to study abroad and strengthened its ties with world powers. However, the decision to allow women to drive sent a clear and frank message to those who oppose the ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

The story behind the first driving license given to a Saudi woman 66 years ago

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Sixty six years ago, a judge granted one woman a license to drive in Saudi Arabia.Historian Abdulkarim al-Hawqil, speaking to Al Arabiya about what happened at the time, said that the story involved a blind man who had two daughters and a car that was driven by one of them in order for her to care for her father with ease.There were times when the man would sell items in a local market."At that time, people in the market considered it a disgrace," Hawqil said. "How can a lady ...

WATCH: Saudi man gifts his wife Hummer after driving ban lifted

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A video has gone viral among Saudi social media users after it showed a Saudi man gifting his wife a Hummer after a landmark decree issued by Saudi King Salman last week, which lifted a ban on female drivers in the kingdom.  

Virgin’s Branson among first top entrepreneurs to endorse ‘new Saudi vision’

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Virgin boss Richard Branson has become one of the first high-profile individuals to take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s growing opportunities, promoting the Red Sea Project that the kingdom has recently announced. In a recent travel journal article, Branson wrote on his visit to Saudi Arabia, calling it “a country where great change is taking place step by step.” In “A new vision for Saudi Arabia,” Branson first touched upon the kingdom’s most recent change, ...

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