Saudi Arabia Opens First Women Only Car Showroom


A month earlier, authorities had allowed hundreds of women to throng a sports stadium in Riyadh, used mostly for football matches, for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia's national day.

After the decree was issued, the company launched a series of 90-minute training sessions, in the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar, targeting Saudi women who have already acquired valid driving licenses while overseas.

Photo Female fans of the team Al-Ahli lined up at a separate entrance in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. "Those duties include transporting female students and teachers who do not wish to drive their own vehicles, and filling other vocational opportunities that require the presence of a woman trained to drive in a qualified and secure way", Al-Mutairi said.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been easing restrictions on women in the country since he came into power last June.

On Thursday women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah to view the kingdom's first auto exhibition aimed at them, a few months after King Salman issued a decree granting them the right to drive from June 2018 - a move opposed by hardline clerics.

More news: Sununu opposes Trump administration's offshore drilling plan

Driving schools for women are expected to open in March so that the first female drivers will be ready to get their licenses as soon as the band comes off.

Some clubs are offering special abayas - traditional head-to-toe robes for Saudi women - in their teams' colours.

Currently, all drivers employed by the two firms are male but following the ground-breaking royal decree that announced plans to lift the ban on women driving last September, both companies have been on a female recruitment drive. However to achieve this, he must grow non-oil industries and increase domestic spending, for which he much include female Saudi citizens more and more into public life.

The courses are aimed at women who have already obtained a driving licence overseas and are needed to familiarise the future drivers with the driving code in Saudi Arabia, as well as with how to use the app and assist clients.