WATCH: Viral video of historic moment first female driving license is issued in Saudi Arabia

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The video shows the woman, who already has an international driving license, being given her Saudi license by officials, as per regulations allowing her to drive in the Kingdom. (Screenshot - Twitter: @saudalzmanan)
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A Saudi Arabian woman shows her new driver license issued on Monday June 4. (Twitter: @Ahlamalthunayan)
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Photo released by the Saudi Information Ministry, shows Esraa Albuti, as she displays her brand new driving license, at the General Department of Traffic in the capital, Riyadh, Monday, June 4, 2018. (AP)
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Photo released by the Saudi Information Ministry, shows a Saudi Arabian woman buckling her seat belt before doing a driving test, Riyadh, June 4, 2018. (AP)
Updated 04 June 2018
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WATCH: Viral video of historic moment first female driving license is issued in Saudi Arabia

  • A video capturing the first time a driving license has been issued to a female in the Kingdom has gone viral
  • On May 8 it was announced by General Department of Traffic Director-General Mohammed Al-Bassami that Saudi women would be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24

RIYADH: It is a monumental moment in the history of Saudi Arabia, and a video capturing the first time a driving license has been issued to a female in the Kingdom has gone viral.
The video shows the woman, who already has an international driving license, being given her Saudi license by General Directorate of Traffic (GDT) officials, as per regulations allowing her to drive in the Kingdom.
“Thousands of congratulations to the daughters of the homeland, being issued the first license in Saudi Arabia,” the tweet containing the video by @saudalzmanan read.

The GDT has now started replacing women’s Kingdom-approved foreign driving licenses with Saudi ones.

After confirming the validity of foreign licenses submitted via an online portal, and assessing applicants’ ability to drive by conducting a practical test, the first group of women received their Saudi licenses on Monday.
On May 8 it was announced by the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed Al-Bassami that Saudi women would be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24.

“All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established,” Al-Bassami said in a statement.

Procedures to replace and obtain licenses for everyone are expected to be announced soon.

A Saudi Arabian woman shows her new driver license issued on Monday June 4. (Twitter: @Ahlamalthunayan)

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.
Five Saudi universities have launched driving schools for women: Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Tabuk University, Taif University and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University.
The Saudi Driving School, at Princess Nourah University, the first for women in the capital, was launched in partnership with the Emirates Driving Institute in Dubai, an established driving school in the region.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban, part of a series of reforms being pushed by the Crown Prince.
His Vision 2030 reform plan for a post-oil era seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from about 22 percent now.


Saudi Cultural Exhibition concludes in Moscow

Seven Saudi films from young local directors streamed during the exhibition. (SPA)
Updated 18 June 2018
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Saudi Cultural Exhibition concludes in Moscow

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cultural Exhibition in Moscow, organized by the General Culture Authority on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup, has concluded its activities and events.
The four-day exhibition attracted a large number of visitors, who were informed about Saudi culture, art and heritage through short films, traditional costumes, folkloric shows, and books translated into Russian.
There were also various pavilions, including for Arabic calligraphy, Saudi hospitality, Arabic coffee, henna and fine art, as well as one aimed at children. Seven films by young Saudi directors were screened, and were well received by audiences.
Seven Saudi films from young local directors streamed during the exhibition.
The exhibition was part of the General Culture Authority’s efforts to inform people about Saudi culture, art and identity.