Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Saudi Arabia Will Soon Have More Than 10000 Female Taxi Drivers

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Melissa Porter | 14 January, 2018, 14:53

Women in Saudi Arabia enthusiastically walked around the first auto show catering to them on Thursday, just a few months after King Salman granted them the right to drive.

A hashtag, translated as "the people welcome the entry of women into stadiums", was used tens of thousands of times in two hours as the match took place.

"I am very excited".

"We always value the genuine and supportive stands of Saudi Arabia to maintain security and order in Bahrain", Shaikh Rashid told Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef Al Saud, who is on a three-day official visit to the Kingdom.

After the decree was issued, the company launched a series of 90-minute training sessions, in the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar, targeting Saudi women who have already acquired valid driving licenses while overseas.

The Saudi government said last week women would be allowed to attend a second match on Saturday and a third next Thursday. But Friday's fixture at Riyadh's King Fahd International Stadium is momentous: for the first time in the country's history, women will join men cheering for their favorite team inside the stadium. This will come into effect in June'18.

Saudi Arabia still adheres to some of the strictest interpretations of Sunni Islam in the world but has seen liberal reforms recently. The women, however, had to enter through designated turnstiles for women and families.

However, after King Salman ascended the throne, he tried to break the country's patriarchal traditions for allowing women to progress.

The lifting of the ban, like all the reforms being made by the Crown Prince, has not been met with universal support in KSA. The move followed the country's first Comic Con convention in Jeddah in February.

The ban, which has been in place for decades, had become the source of much national and global controversy.