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Zuhoor Assiri gestures as she drives her car in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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A Saudi woman drives her car in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 29, 2018, a Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh, ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in the summer. Saudi Arabia, the only country that does not allow women to drive, is set to lift its ban on female motorists on June 24. / AFP / Yousef DOUBISI
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Saudi Majdoleen Mohammed Alateeq, a newly-licensed Saudi driver, gets out of her car drives her car next to a poster of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, on June 24, 2018. Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018 -- and the second the clock struck midnight, women across the country started their engines. / AFP / Fayez Nureldine
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A Saudi woman celebrates as she drives her car in her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Saudi women celebrate after they drove their cars in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Saudi Majdoleen Mohammed Alateeq, a newly-licensed Saudi driver, prepares for driving her car near her home in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, on June 24, 2018. Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018 -- and the second the clock struck midnight, women across the country started their engines. / AFP / Fayez Nureldine
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Hannan Iskandar drives her car in her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Bahraini businesswoman Jihan Ali, who came to Saudi Arabia to visit her family for Eid holiday, was able to drive on June 24 for the first time in Saudi streets when the decade-long ban was lifted.
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Bahraini and Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Hannan Iskandar gets ready before she starts to drive her car in her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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]Saudi women celebrate after they drove their cars in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Zuhoor Assiri drives her car in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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A Saudi woman celebrates with her friends as she drives her car in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Bahraini Nouf Al Maloud (R) hugs Saudi Zahoor Assiri (L) as they arrive in east Saudi in their cars to promote and congratulate Saudi women on the lifting of the driving ban in Saudi Arabia June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
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Bahraini and Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Updated 24 June 2018

Saudi women at the wheel

Women around the Kingdom have turned the ignition in their cars for the first time on their home soil and hit the roads throughout the country. They have gone on social media to express their joy at this monumental occasion which has officially changed the course of their lives.
AN Photos by Ziyad Alarfaj and Huda Bashatah
Additional photos by AFP, Reuters