Saudi Arabia is Finally Letting Women Drive

In Saudi Arabia, driving as a woman is no longer a crime. This week, the kingdom officially began issuing driver’s licenses to 10 women. Prior to lifting the ban, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world where women did not have the right to drive. If caught at the steering wheel, a woman would be jailed or arrested. To comply with the law, families often hire private drivers to transport female relatives. Now as a result of the kingdom’s decision, Uber and Careem (a Dubai-based car service) is starting to hire its first set of female drivers, providing more opportunities for women to generate independent income. Vogue Arabia is celebrating the historic moment by featuring Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud on its June cover. READ MORE