Saudi Arabia has already started issuing licences to women as the country gears up to lift the ban on women driving on June 24th. For the first time in more than 50 years, women will be able to drive legally in Saudi Arabia.
The historic decision in September 2017 by King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive starting June 24 has been praised around the world. The decision is in line with the Vision 2030 blueprint for the future, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The first 10 women who were issued licences have experience in driving on international roads and exchanged their international driving licences for Saudi licences at the General Department of Traffic in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Women’s empowerment is an important element in Vision 2030 and the future of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia as also issued licences to expatriate women and according to reports, Laura Alho has become the first European woman to receive her driving license in Saudi Arabia. Laura is a Finnish national and the author of Blue Abaya, the first travel blog in Saudi Arabia established in 2010. According to Laura, she had to display a valid driving licence from her home country and she was issued a Saudi driving licence.
The fees to obtain a Saudi license are SR 400 for a 10 year license and SR 200 for a five year licence.