Saudi women to drive female students to school, work in car rental, says transport chief

A file photo shows a Saudi woman driving her car along a street in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on Sept. 27. (AFP)
Updated 05 October 2017
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Saudi women to drive female students to school, work in car rental, says transport chief

RIYADH: Certain transportation activities may possibly be limited to women, like female teachers’ commutes, since women will be able to drive school buses and microbuses, Rumaih Al-Rumaih, the president of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said.
Al-Rumaih also highlighted that transportation activities are available for both men and women, “and as soon as women are permitted to drive and start applying for driver’s licenses, they will have the right to work in all related activities.”
“The PTA does not intend to hire foreign female drivers because the Saudization rate in the transport sector is quite low. We also aim to end the monopoly in this sector,” Al-Rumaih said. “It is not a requirement that women work only driving vehicles; there are many other activities and jobs, like car rental offices and others.”
Through Saudization, the PTA aims to improve service, according to Al-Rumaih, “More than 220,000 Saudi men provide car-hailing services, and we are very likely to hire women among them.”
“Transport regulations were not introduced for men alone, but for men and women equally, and job requirements in the field of transportation are the same for both genders,” Al-Rumaih said, “We are also considering limiting certain activities to women, such as female teachers’ commutes.”
Speaking of his future expectations for women’s status in the transport sector, he said, “The decree was issued a week ago, so we still need to further study implementing it.”
During the launch ceremony of Uber’s new office in Riyadh, Al-Rumaih explained that the company will provide 140,000 part-time and full-time jobs, and the authority is very keen on achieving a high Saudization rate in the sector.
When asked about women’s driving schools, Al-Rumaih said: “Training drivers is the concern of the General Department of Traffic — our job is limited to licensing transportation activities.”


ThePlace: Al-Bujairi Quarter, the historic gateway to Saudi Arabia's Al-Diriyah

AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj
Updated 21 April 2018
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ThePlace: Al-Bujairi Quarter, the historic gateway to Saudi Arabia's Al-Diriyah

  • It overlooks the eastern edge of Wadi Hanifah
  • The area has been developed to restore its historic splendor

Al-Bujairi Quarter is the gateway to the historic area of Al-Diriyah. It overlooks the eastern edge of Wadi Hanifah, just opposite to Al-Turaif neighborhood. The late Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab and many scholars lived in Al-Bujairi district. 

The High Commission for the Development of Riyadh has developed the area in an urban way to restore its historic splendor through modern institutions and facilities. Visitors can see the Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab Mosque. They can also enjoy shopping in the multi-activity shops.

Tourists can also visit the Mohammed bin Abdulwahab Foundation, which represents the most important cultural elements in the neighborhood. The building has a westward slope, allowing visitors to use its roof as a viewing platform, including the view of the Al-Turaif district. 

The foundation is a specialized Islamic research and scientific center that aims to be an international research hub that serves researchers within modern institutional frameworks.