Saudi woman takes son on first drive, says ‘having a driver was never a luxury’
In an exclusive Al Arabiya English video, Dr. Taghreed Alohali – who works in healthcare – said that driving was an “actual necessity,” to take her child to school and travel between workplaces and home.
“Having a driver was never as luxurious as people thought,” she said, while driving through Riyadh in the early hours of Sunday.
“I’m very happy today, I’m happy for me, and for all women in Saudi Arabia,” she said, adding that her father and husband have been her biggest supporters.
“I learned to drive 14 years ago, because my father thought it was important for both boys and girls to drive, but I never thought that one day I would be driving on Saudi Arabia’s streets!”
Al Arabiya English has been on the ground documenting the historic moment:
- IN PICTURES: Saudi police hand out roses to kingdom’s first women drivers
- Historic day as Saudi women get behind the wheel to drive
- VOX POPS: Saudi women speak on how driving will help in their daily lives
- VIDEO: How Saudi Arabia will reap economic benefits from women driving
- VIDEO: ‘Trust in God and Drive’ campaigns prepare Saudi women drivers
- An A-Z guide on how Saudi women can obtain their driver’s license