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

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 health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.