PHOTOS: What Life Is Really Like In Saudi Arabia Today

Women Were Only Recently Permitted to Drive

In a historic event, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on female drivers in June 2018. Prior to lifting the ban, women had to rely on chauffeurs and male relatives if they wanted to travel by car, even if it was for a simple errand. Now, more than 3 million women could receive licenses by 2020 according to NPR.

Saudi women hit the road of the Capital
picture alliance / Contributor
picture alliance / Contributor

Almost immediately after the ban was lifted, droves of women shared photos of them driving on social media. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal even shared a video of his daughter driving him around along with the caption, “Finally, first ride with my daughter [Reem] while she’s driving me and my grand-daughters in Riyadh.”