One driving school received 165,000 applications in just three days
Apparently the favourite models are going to be Toyota, BMW and Jeep – colour unimportant. But there will be a few hard-core bikers on the roads as well. The day millions of us have been waiting for – and for which several women went to jail for – has finally arrived. The lifting of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia, unbelievably the last country in the world to allow women to get behind the wheel.
The decision by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – known around the world now, thanks to a slick PR campaign, as MBS – has attracted banner headlines, and thousands of driving license applications from women throughout the Kingdom. One driving school received 165,000 applications in just three days. Car sales are expected to soar by up to 10 per cent, with more than 400 thousand vehicles estimated to be snapped up in the remaining months of 2018.
Good news for the car industry – if not for the environment. And also essential news for the Saudi economy and its highly intelligent female workforce made up of women who more often than not have been educated abroad to Masters and PhD level, and who until now had to return home to the alien stifling restrictions of life under religious traditionalists.