‘I can’t believe I’m driving in Saudi Arabia’

Source: BBC News

As Saudi Arabia lifts its ban on women drivers, Roa Altaweli, a midwife in Jeddah, makes her first drive to work. Here is her story.

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I woke up earlier than usual today. I was so excited that I couldn’t sleep. Today I’m driving to work, and for the first time I’m not taking a backseat. I’m behind the wheel. I still can’t believe I’m going to be driving in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia has today finally lifted its ban on women drivers. I was up until after midnight scrolling through social media for photos and videos of women hitting the roads in the moments after the ban was lifted.

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