For the first time, mothers in Saudi Arabia drive their own children to school 

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Professor Sharifah Al-Rajhi picks up her daughters Tolyn and Madleen from school on Sunday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Professor Sharifah Al-Rajhi picks one of her daughters from school on Sunday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Professor Sharifah Al-Rajhi picks one of her daughters from school on Sunday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Professor Sharifah Al-Rajhi picks her daughters from school on Sunday. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 03 September 2018
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For the first time, mothers in Saudi Arabia drive their own children to school 

  • A royal decree lifted the ban on women driving in the Kingdom effective June 24, 2-018.
  • More than 120,000 women have applied or expressed interest in obtaining a license so far

JEDDAH: Dr. Sharifah Al-Rajhi, a professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, used to ask the family driver to take her children to school. 
Not anymore. When schools opened on Sunday, she herself did the driving, thanks to the Saudi government's decision to lift the ban on women driving.
Al-Rajhi says life has become much easier since she started driving her own car. As soon as the door was made open for women to apply for driving licenses on June 24, she said she immediately got her driver license. 
“It has helped me to become more independent. And today I drove my daughter Tolyn to school and we were happy to be able to do it like we used to do it in US,” she said on Sunday as schools opened. “Thank you King Salman for giving us the ability to drive in the KSA.”
The lifting of the ban on women driving in the Kingdom was a historic move that gained overwhelming support not only in the Kingdom but all over the word. 
More than 120,000 women have applied or expressed interest in obtaining a license so far.
The move is expected reduce the dependence of Saudi families on foreign drivers and also enable more women to seek employment.


Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 29 min 59 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.