Glowing with pride, Saudi women share their driving licenses on social media

A Saudi woman buckling her seat belt before doing a driving test at the General Department of Traffic in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. (AP)

Monday was an extraordinary day for a number of Saudi women who obtained driving licenses to drive in the kingdom for the first time.

Lots of Saudi women took to Twitter to share with their followers their overwhelming happiness by sharing pictures of their new licenses.

“Today is an exceptional day for me, I have been issued a license to drive in Saudi Arabia, at last, the dream came true!” tweeted Reema Jawdat.

“I’m so happy I got a driving license and after less than 20 days, I’ll be able to drive in my own country, go to work by myself, thanks for our leadership for its continuous empowerment for women,” wrote Hanady al-Sayed.

Wafa Mohammad shared with her followers the picture of her license in a tweet.

“Thanks to God and to our wise leadership I received my driving license and awaiting the historic day, October the 10th.”

Ahlam al-Thanyan tweeted the moment she received her license in video footage that went viral on social media.

“Thanks King Salman for your continuous support for women empowerment. Thanks to the crown prince this dream became true.”

Earlier last month, the date of the issuing of licenses was announced. Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami had then said.

“All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established,” Bassami was quoted as saying in a statement released by the government on May 8.

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