Saudi authorities issue thousands of licenses to women since driving ban was lifted

The ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia was lifted in June, 2018. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Saudi authorities issue thousands of licenses to women since driving ban was lifted

  • Many thousands more women have said they will also apply for their licenses
  • The ban, that was lifted on June 24, was seen as a significant change in Saudi law

DUBAI: Tens of thousands of women in Saudi Arabia have received their licenses since the driving ban was lifted, according to the Kingdom’s General Director of Traffic.

So far there have been 40,000 licenses issued since the ban was lifted on June 24, 2018, after King Salman issued a royal decree on Sept. 26, 2017, ordering an end to the ban.

According a YouGov survey taken in august 2018, 24 percent of women had applied for a driving license since June 2018 when the ban was lifted, and 61 percent who hadn’t applied, said they would in the future.

“We have plans to create 14 driving schools for women in different regions to help ease the waiting list for women to get the license,” Mohammed Al-Bassami said.


Saudi Arabia retains world tourism body seat

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Saudi Arabia retains world tourism body seat

  • Saudi Arabi’s place on the UNWTO executive council is in line with the tourism aims of the leadership’s Vision 2030 reform plan — to transform Saudi Arabia into a global tourist destination
CAIRO: Saudi Arabia has retained its seat on the executive council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for the Middle East region for the third time in a row, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi Arabia was participating in a UNWTO regional committee meeting held on Sunday in Cairo.
The country was represented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and the delegation was headed by Ahmad bin Aqil Al-Khatib, who is chairman of the SCTH board of directors.
The Kingdom’s place on the UNWTO executive council is in line with the tourism aims of the leadership’s Vision 2030 reform plan — to transform Saudi Arabia into a global tourist destination.
Al-Khatib held bilateral meetings with a number of officials including the secretary-general of the UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, and Egypt’s Minister of Tourism Dr. Rania Al-Mashat.
Recently, the Kingdom announced that tourists would be offered special “events” visas to visit Saudi Arabia. SPA Cairo