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PHOTOS: Saudi women-only motor show opens in Jeddah

Friday, 12 January 2018

Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah on Thursday to check out the kingdom’s first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive.Pink, orange and yellow balloons hung in the mall’s showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars. One woman in the driver’s seat fixed her face cover. Another wrapped her turquoise-painted fingernails around the steering wheel, feeling it out.In a decree issued in September, King ...

Saudi Arabia allows women to drive motorcycles and trucks

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Saudi General Department of Traffic (GDT) announced, on Friday that women will be allowed to drive trucks once the required conditions and guidelines have been met; now in force for males only. Saudi women will also be allowed to drive motorcycles as per the royal decree announced in September, which comes into effect in June 2018. There would be no discrimination against women's cars with plates and special numbers, the vehicles will be subjected to the same rules currently stated in the ...

Saudi women take the lead

Monday, 16 October 2017

Anyone, who knows the Saudi society well, also knows that the decision to allow women to drive (as they were allowed to join the Shoura Council earlier) is more like the moment of landing on the moon in the social context. To get into a completely forbidden area that was not previously imaginable is significant.Living communities are always moving and adapting to their changing situation and the movement that has taken place in Saudi Arabia in the last one and half years with the number of ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Saudi women in the driver’s seat

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Following the announcement of the royal decree of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman lifting the ban on women driving in the Kingdom, people now wake up to a different Saudi Arabia.The news of allowing women to apply for a driver’s license by June 2018 has created a new sense of hope, independence and empowerment for women in the Kingdom.Allowing women to drive as of the summer of next year means that women will be in control of their daily lives and are no longer restricted or ...

Lojain Saati

Saudi women are driving good news

Thursday, 5 October 2017

It is not easy to get used to good news! Not in this era or world! But last week, many of our overdue dreams were realized — all at once. We expect more of the same. If so, we may finally find enough reason to change our attitude from gray to bright! For decades, some questions have been haunting me everywhere I went — in summer British schools, US colleges, international conferences and seminars, as well as, the Western media. Questions about women rights were among the most ...

Dr. Khaled M. Batarfi

WATCH: Saudi band prods women to take the wheel in new YouTube video

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A new music video created by Saudi musicians Hasan Hatrash, Khalid Sharani, Amro Hawari and Amir Abbas, which shows two Saudi men in the backseat of a SUV driven by a Saudi woman driver as they get off to walk into a studio to belt out a song supporting the new law, is taking the Internet by storm. Saudi Gazette spoke to the band based in Jeddah, called “Most of Us’ who said: “The whole point was to celebrate the new legislation and the possibilities it brings not only for ...

Most important decision for Saudi women in half a century

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the decision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to allow women to drive is the most important decision for Saudi women in the modern history of Saudi Arabia since the decision taken by King Faisal to open schools for girls.There is a gap of half a century between the two historic decisions. When in the early 1960s King Faisal took the decision that girls could go to school, there were those who supported and opposed education for girls. ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Finally, women can drive and empower themselves

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The wheel has turned, and it has turned for the better. All it needed was a Royal Decree from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman last week to start off the celebration and ignite a series of optimistic debates on the domino effect this far-reaching order would trigger. The Royal Order on allowing women to drive was a decision euphorically welcomed by all sections of the society — especially women. The naysayers, who had played the culture and tradition card in their efforts in ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

Women’s license to drive: Embracing the future

Friday, 29 September 2017

The matter which many have been inquiring about for long has been addressed as King Salman granted Saudi women their right to drive cars. This issue has had an impact on Saudi Arabia’s reputation for around three decades ever since it surfaced during the war to liberate Kuwait when women drove cars in Riyadh in what looked like a protest in November 1990. The Islamist movements went mad at the time and mobilized the Saudi society speaking out against what “violated their ...

Mashari Althaydi

Women driving and the collapse of illusions

Friday, 29 September 2017

Another façade has been torn down in a historic night that buried a scarecrow, which extremists used to terrorize the Saudi society for 30 years.On that great night, the custodian of the two holy mosques issued a decree that delivered justice to women and granted them one of their basic rights, which is to drive a car. This naturally leads to accomplishments of other rights such as the freedom of movement.Inability to enjoy these ordinary rights resulted in women suffering serious harm ...

Abdulrahman al-Lahim

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