Special centers to hold arrested female drivers in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi woman drives her car along a street in Jeddah, on September 27, 2017. (AFP / REEM BAESHEN/File Photo)
Updated 02 December 2017

Special centers to hold arrested female drivers in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Special women’s detention centers will be set up to hold anyone arrested after the ban on driving is lifted.
Labor and Social Development Ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail told Al-Watan daily on Thursday that the ministry has been coordinating with the Interior Ministry about cases that would entail detention.
Sources told Al-Watan that universities had signed agreements with the General Directorate of Traffic Police to open driving schools within their campuses to train women wishing to learn to drive. Arrangements are underway to prepare these schools by the end of February 2018.
Sources from Noura University said that trainers’ positions would be for Saudi women who hold international driving licenses.
These women would undertake a training course to improve their expertise and familiarize themselves with the basics of safe driving.
The sources added that the driving schools would target not just university staff, but interested women from outside the university.


Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 37 min 40 sec ago

Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

  • The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan

RIYADH: Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik called on Saudi Foreign Minister  Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh on Monday. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. They also discussed issues of mutual interest.
The foreign minister also held a separate meeting with Mexican Ambassador-designate Anibal Toledo. He presented a copy of his credentials to Prince Faisal prior to submitting them to King Salman.
Sudanese Ambassador Abdulazim Al-Sadiq Al-Karoori called on Prince Faisal bin Farhan to bid him farewell. The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan.