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Saudi women behind wheel as of June 24

Saudi women will be behind the wheel as of June 24 after finalizing all needed measures in this respect, Director of the Saudi Traffic Department Maj. Gen. Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Bassami  said.

In a statement on Tuesday, he said women over 18 years will be allowed to apply for a driving license.

He said driving schools for women were opened in five cities across the kingdom, noting that Saudi women holding foreign driving licenses can supersede them with Saudi ones.

In September 2017, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz issued a royal decree allowing women to drive cars for first time.

The decision will help Saudi women join workforce as in January the Saudi Ministry of Justice officially announced for first time 00 jobs opportunities for women.

Saudi women were also allowed to apply for 140 jobs at passports office to serve at airports and the country's land borders.

This marked a great step in women empowerment measures adopted by the Saudi monarch.

In January, Saudi Arabia held its first women-only car show in a shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah, few months after a royal decree lifted a longstanding ban on women driving in the kingdom. 

In March, Saudi Arabia's first-ever female bike race was held in Jeddah following a successful women-only marathon 

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