Saudi businesswomen eye greater role in the economy with end to driving ban

  • The historic move is a huge step forward for businesswomen in the Saudi Arabia, says businesswoman
  • A recent survey by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce indicated that transportation was a major concern holding Saudi women back from joining the labor market
By Rashid Hassan ·

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10 questions answered for female drivers in Saudi Arabia

By Arab News ·


Adventurous vehicles, unconventional colors in demand as women gear up to hit Saudi roads

  • The auto industry has an estimated 9 million potential new customers in the Saudi female population
  • The market has been overwhelmingly lopsided in favor of larger cars, says dealer


Saudi Arabian female accident inspectors gear up ahead of lifting of ban

  • Private insurance company Najm, in partnership with the General Department of Traffic, has hired 40 women and provided them with training to respond to road accidents involving female drivers.
  • Inspector Mada Hassan Hamza was was enthusiastic about her new role and said she hoped to make a valuable contribution.
By Mohammed Al-Sulami ·


Palestinians protest in Ramallah over Gaza sanctions

  • Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated Saturday in the occupied West Bank to demand the Palestinian Authority lift punitive measures against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
  • Demonstrators in Ramallah chanted “scrap the sanctions!” during protests against the Palestinian Authority.
By AFP ·

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Arrests follow rape of Indian anti-trafficking activists

  • At least 60 NGOS in four networks are working on a memorandum asking the state to protect activists
  • More recently it brought in the death penalty for those who rape children under the age of 12 following a national outcry over the gang rape


Popular hashtags take sides on Egypt president’s leadership

  • Tens of thousands of Egyptians have set social media alight with tweets on opposing hashtags, one calling on President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to resign and another praising his leadership
  • Frustration deepened last week after Egypt’s national soccer team, competing in the World Cup for the first time since 1990, failed to advance after only two matches
By AP ·