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By Damilola Faustino

Saudi Arabian women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed Bassami has announced.

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He said: “All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established.”

In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving — the only one of its kind in the world.

Women who are 18 years of age and older will be allowed to apply for a driver’s license, Bassami said.

Driving schools for women have been set up across five cities in the conservative kingdom, and teachers will include Saudi women who obtained their licenses abroad.

Women with foreign driving licenses will be able to apply for a local one through a separate process, which will also assess their driving skills.

“It is no secret that many women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hold driving licenses from abroad,” the statement added.

Saudi women have previously petitioned the government for the lifting of the ban, and even taken to the wheel in protest.
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The country also recently lifted the ban on cinema after 35 years and also recently held a fashion show.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban, part of a series of reforms being pushed by the powerful royal in the conservative kingdom.

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