Ask about change in Saudi Arabia.
The reply used to be: it will come, in its own way and in its own time, in the conservative kingdom.
It was another way of saying it would take a long time – and might never happen.
But, in Saudi Arabia now, talk of change is measured in months.
“I made a bet with a male colleague that the ban on women driving would end in the first six months of this year, and he said it would happen in the second half,” a successful Saudi businesswoman says to me over lunch in the capital, Riyadh.