5,000 women trained at Saudi Driving School
The CEO of Saudi Driving School, Abdul Baset Al-Suwaidi said the School which partners with Princess Nourah University has trained 5,000 women in the art of driving.
Al-Suwaidi said: “This came as part of our support for the royal decree (allowing women to drive), and our contribution to helping women in Saudi Arabia.”
“After passing a written test, trainees spend two hours in a simulation lab before they begin the first six-hour practical training phase.”
“After that, a trainee must pass the road test, in which she learns 18 key driving skills,” said Al-Suwaidi and added: “Once she passes this test, a trainee is ready to hit the road.”
Anyone who fails the road test will have to repeat the second phase in a four hour practical session.
Ahlam Al-Thunayan, one of the first women to obtain a Saudi driving license, said: “The royal decree was issued at the right time, and it stems from King Salman’s faith in Saudi women and the importance of empowering them.”
“History is witnessing Saudi women’s achievements, and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia on various levels.”
She said: “The leadership’s faith in women’s role indicates that their future contributions will be greater.”
Driver Hanan Abdullah Al-Arfaj said that the lifting of the driving ban will help women be more independent and improve their role in society, be it through meeting their families’ needs or participating in the labor market.
“I encourage all women to get trained and obtain driving licenses so they can move freely without the need for a driver,” she added.
Women should be prepared for emergencies and other difficult circumstances that require driving a car and acting quickly, she said.
King Salman had implemented several notable policies since he was made Crown Prince and his achievements has been lauded both at home and abroad.