Saudi Arabia Issues Women Driving Licences for the First Time in History

Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia issued some women driving licenses just weeks before the ban on female drivers is to be lifted on June 24.

“The issuance of the licenses means that for the first time in more than 50 years, women will be able to drive legally in the kingdom,” said a statement by the Ministry of Information.

10 women were the recipient of the licenses in the country, out of many women who have been calling for a right to one. The 10 women traded in their foreign driving licenses for Saudi ones at different departments of traffic in the capital, Riyadh, and other cities.

“Expectations are that next week an additional 2,000 women will join the ranks of licensed drivers in the Saudi Arabia kingdom.”

A Saudi woman buckles up before a driving test at the General Department of Traffic in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. CIC / Ministry of Media

According to the National news report, Tahani Aldosemani, assistant professor at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University in Al Kharj — about 77 kilometers south of Riyadh — exchanged her US-issued driving license for a Saudi Arabia one on Monday.

“I lived in the United States while earning my Ph.D. for four years, traveling and moving between states without any problem or violation of law,” she said.

“Driving for women is not just about driving a car; it enhances the strength of character, self-confidence, and decision-making skills. It also instills a sense of responsibility for yourself, your vehicle, the road, and the people around you, not to mention the economic and social dimensions of driving.”

 

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