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Saudi Arabia’s Women Driving Ban Ends Tomorrow

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday, ending the world’s only ban on female motorists.

Overturning the decades-long ban is part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s much-trumpeted reform drive.

Potentially thousands of female drivers are set to take the wheel on Sunday.

“It is a very important step and essential for women’s free mobility,” Hana Al Khamri, an author said.

Saudi Arabia’s first batch of women car accident inspectors is training to respond to incidents involving female drivers, who will be allowed to drive in the kingdom starting tomorrow when a decades-old ban ends.

This month Saudi Arabia began issuing its first driving licenses to women in decades, with some women swapping their foreign permits for Saudi ones after passing a practical test.

About three million women in Saudi Arabia could receive licenses and begin driving by 2020. A few female driving schools have opened in cities such as Riyadh and Jeddah, providing training in cars and also Harley-Davidson motorbikes.