First female driving license being issued in Saudi Arabia

A historic moment unfolded in Saudi Arabia on Monday when, after months of preparations, the first driving license was issued to a woman.

A video, that quickly went viral, showed the woman being handed over the driving license by the officials. “Thousands of congratulations to the daughters of the homeland, being issued the first license in Saudi Arabia,” the tweet read.

Earlier last month, the date of the issuing of licenses was announced. Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed al-Bassami had then said.

“All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established,” Bassami was quoted as saying in a statement released by the government on May 8.

In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving — the only one of its kind in the world.

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Women 18 years of age and older will be allowed to apply for a driver's license, Bassami said.

Al Arabiya English

 

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