Watch: First Women In Saudi Arabia Receive Driving Licences

BY HARPER'S BAZAAR ARABIA / Jun 5 2018 / 18:19 PM

Women will soon be able to drive in the Kingdom for the first time in 50 years

Watch: First Women In Saudi Arabia Receive Driving Licences

A video of one of the first women in Saudi Arabia to receive her driving license has gone viral, as the Kingdom prepares to end the driving ban and allow women on the roads from 24 June.

According to The National, ten women with foreign driving licences were able to convert to a Saudi license in Riyadh on Monday.

A statement from the Ministry of Information reads:  “The issuance of the licences means that for the first time in more than 50 years, women will be able to drive legally in the Kingdom. Expectations are that next week an additional 2,000 women will join the ranks of licenced drivers in the Kingdom.”

Many women who are not able to convert a foreign driving license are looking forward to starting driving lessons, and plenty of people on Twitter are keen to kelp them. In recent weeks the hashtag #مستعده_ادرب (which translates to #iam_ready_to_train_you) has been trending, as both men and women offer free driving lessons.

There has been an outpouring of love and support to these tweets, with many touched by the kindness of people that they’ve never met. “I’m going to cry girls. You’re all so amazing!, “wrote one Twitter user.