The decree of Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, signed by him in September 2017, allowed women to obtain a driver’s license and drive from 00:00 on June 24, 2018. Many of the fair sex, not having endured until the morning, left their homes at night to sit behind the wheel. This day is called historic in the country.
One of the first women to drive the car has become the Saudi princess, Reema Alwaleed bin Talal. She rode at night along the streets of Riyadh. The video of this trip was published on Twitter by her father, the billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, writing:
Finally! For the first time my daughter Reema is carring me and the grandchildren through the streets of Riyadh.
On the eve of this event, which is certainly joyful for many Saudi women, a joint press conference of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the General Director of the Ministry of Transport was held in Riyadh. There it was announced that by the present moment already 120,000 women in Saudi Arabia had applied for a driver’s license and many already received it. There are six specialized women’s driving schools in the country. Women are also allowed to drive heavy vehicles, motorcycles and other types of land transport.
There will be no concessions to female drivers, therefore there are no special parking places for them in Saudi Arabia. Disable people will be the only category for which places are reserved.