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In Pics: 20 of Our Favourite Moments of Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

Social media has been taken over with images of women in the driver’s seat in Saudi Arabia after the ban has been lifted.

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26 June 2018

Last updated on 26 June 2018
20 of Our Favourite Moments of Women Driving in Saudi Arabia

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On June 24th, 2018 or 10-10-1439 (the date in the Islamic calendar) the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia became obsolete in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Women enthusiastically got into their cars to start driving at 12:01 am already on Sunday morning.

Although there was never an official law stating that women aren’t allowed to drive in the Kingdom, it became enforced by cultural norms and religious views in the country. Saudi Arabia was the last country in the world to lift the ban on women driving in the country.

SEE ALSO: Women In Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be Allowed To Drive

In order to help smooth out the process and encourage more women to start driving, the Saudi government made sexual harassment illegal in the Kingdom and shopping malls started allocating pink women-only parking bays.

The decision to lift the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia is part Saudi’s Vision 2030 campaign to start weaning the country off of income generated from the oil industry and start generating alternative income streams.

Empowering and allowing women to more easily become part of the workforce is an essential part of this.

Here are 20 of our favourite moments of women being allowed to drive:

1. Police officers handed female drivers a rose in celebration of being allowed to drive in the Kingdom

2. Balloons, celebrations and happy vibes all around!

3. Saudi and expat women alike enthusiastically took to the roads for a drive!

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4. Nothing better than good music and an open road, and being in the driver’s seat of course!

5. “Stop taking pictures now – I want to go drive around!”

6. What did you do on the first day that you were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia? “I went racing!”

7. She is clearly ready for all the adventures that awaits her

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8. Taking a moment to savour the moment of her newly granted freedom

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9. Of course they need a girls road trip now that women are allowed to drive!

10. As the caption reads: “Get in gurl.... we‘re going to get our nails did!”

11. You just sit over there in the back and I’ll do my thing

12. Looking stylish on 10-10-1439 (The date in the Islamic calendar)

13. We love these stylish jackets that were made in celebration of women being allowed to drive!

14. These ladies took a road-trip from Bahrain to Saudi just to congratulate their friends on officially being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

15. Congratulations ladies!

16. Too excited to wait, she jumped into the car at 12:01 am!

17. Some more of the first women to start driving in Saudi

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18. She’s got her licence, now it’s time to go have some fun!

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19. A dream come true, women can now drive in Saudi Arabia!

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20. Last, but not the least, we can’t get enough of Aseel Alhamad in the driver’s seat

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