Motor show in Saudi Arabia caters for women drivers only

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Following the ground-breaking royal decree that announced plans to lift the ban on women driving last September, however, both companies have been preparing to hire their first female drivers.

A young girl has her face painted ahead of the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Ahli and Al-Batin.

"I am very excited".

"Tourism visas will be independent of work, visit, Hajj, and Umrah visas", said the director general of licensing department of Saudi Arabia's Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

"Those duties include transporting female students and teachers who do not wish to drive their own vehicles, and filling other vocational opportunities that require the presence of a woman trained to drive in a qualified and secure way", Al-Mutairi said.

According to reports, women will be allowed for the first time with designated seating in the "family section".

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However, Saudi Arabia still lags behind the rest of the world in women's rights, being particularly criticized for its strict male guardianship system.

"The law allows the women to drive in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia so this can be applied with Careem, so there is no issue for women to apply with Careem", a spokesperson for the company said.

The decision to recruit Saudi women as drivers comes only four months after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered reversal of a longstanding policy that banned women from driving in Saudi Arabia.

The lifting of the ban, like all the reforms being made by the Crown Prince, has not been met with universal support in KSA.

However there has been some opposition to the reforms by Saudi clerics and conservative members of society.

The ban, which has been in place for decades, had become the source of much national and global controversy.

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