Waleed Bin Talal’s Daughter is First Woman to Drive in Saudi Arabia (Video)

Published June 24th, 2018 - 07:57 GMT
Screenshot from a video shared by Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal on his Twitter account showing his daughter the first women to drive in Saudi Arabia officially. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Screenshot from a video shared by Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal on his Twitter account showing his daughter the first women to drive in Saudi Arabia officially. (Screenshot/Twitter)

By June 24, 2018 midnight, women in Saudi Arabia became officially allowed to get behind the wheels and drive for the first time in decades.

Tens of videos were shared on social media for Saudi women driving their cars celebrating the landmark day in the ultra-conservative Kingdom.

The high-profile Saudi Prince, Al-Waleed bin Talal shared a video of daughter driving for the first time in the capital Riyadh at 12:01AM on Sunday midnight after the ban lifting went into effect.

The prince appears in the video with his daughter and three granddaughters asking them to get ready for the drive. He also checks his daughter's driving license saying: "Everything must be legal".

At the end of the video, he appears applauding his daughter saying: "Congratulations. This is the first woman to drive."

The only country in the world where women were not allowed to drive announced lifting the ban on women driving in September 2017, ending 30 years of oppression against women in a step triggered by the newly-appointed Crown Prince by that time, Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), to pave the way for other supposed reforms in the country.

The first batch of women driving licenses have been issued for 10 women for the first time two weeks ago. A change that is still raising controversy up til the moment among the conservatives of the Saudi society.


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