First woman in Saudi Arabia gets driving license

First woman in Saudi Arabia gets driving license

World June 4, 2018 17:30

riyad - Women in Saudi Arabia experience a historic day. The first driving licenses were handed out to women on Monday. In fact, they will only be able to get behind the wheel in the conservative kingdom from June 24, the Saudi channel al-Arabiya reports.

On images you can see how the first woman gets her driving license. Women over the age of 18 can go to driving schools in five cities. They can, among other things, receive lessons from Saudi women who have obtained their driving license abroad.

Women with a foreign driving license can apply for their Saudi driving license through a different procedure. 'It is no secret that many women in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia have a driving license from abroad,' said a top official.

Allowing women to drive a car is part of the progressive reforms that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wants to implement. The aim is to lower the threshold for women to participate in the labor market.

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