Culture

Saudi women enjoy new freedom as driving ban ends

AL KHOBAR, SAUDI ARABIA (JUNE 24, 2018) – Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads at midnight on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

The lifting of the ban, ordered last September by King Salman, is part of sweeping reforms pushed by his powerful young son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a bid to transform the economy of the world’s top oil exporter and open up its cloistered society.

Women drove up and down a main road in the eastern city of Khobar and cheered as police looked on.


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  • Middle East
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  • Saudi Arabia
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  • Culture of Saudi Arabia
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