WATCH: Elderly Saudi woman happily sings while driving in the rain

Monday, 9 April 2018

An elderly Saudi woman expressed her joy for driving in the rain on one of the kingdom's highways by singing old folklore songs in the driver’s seat of her car. A video of the telling yet funny incident went viral on social media platforms. The video, which was shot by the woman’s friend who was in the passenger’s seat, received a lot of attention where Twitter users noted that it shows that women can indeed control a moving vehicle, even in less-than-ideal weather situations. ...

UAE driving license now accepted in 50 countries

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Fifty countries now welcome UAE driving license holders to drive and rent a car. Countries giving the green signal include the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore and New Zealand, reported The National. Other countries in the EU include countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Norway and Spain. A full list of the countries can be found on the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s website. Each country stipulates a certain ...

Saudi women make the most of International Women’s Day

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The idea of celebrating the International Women’s Day dates back to the beginning of the second half of the 19th century when demonstrations were staged by thousands of women in New York City in protest against the ill-treatment they had been subjected to.They demanded a change in the difficult circumstances under which they were forced to work. Police used force to disburse these demonstrations. But the struggle by women seeking their rights continued for a long time and New York ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

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 ...

Saudi women take the wheel, test-driving a new freedom

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Fatima Salem giggles with hesitation when it’s her turn to drive through a small parking lot lined with bright orange cones and arrows. Like millions of Saudi women, she plans on applying for a driver’s license when the kingdom lifts its ban on women driving in June. But first, she has to learn how to drive. “I’m a little nervous,” the 30-year-old master’s student said. Francesca Pardini, an Italian former racecar driver, helps calm her nerves, reminding Salem ...

Princess Reema: Driving not ‘be all’ of Saudi women’s rights

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Saudi Arabia is working to address deeper issues on the path to women’s rights after allowing them to drive and attend soccer matches, one of the kingdom’s top female officials said Wednesday. “These are things that are quick wins, we know we can do them, women in stadium, women driving, that’s great, but women driving is not the end all, be all of women’s rights,” Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud told the Atlantic Council in Washington. ALSO READ: Want ...

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

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