Excitement as Saudi women legally drive after kingdom's controversial ban ends (photos)

Excitement as Saudi women legally drive after kingdom's controversial ban ends (photos)

- Ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia has been lifted on Sunday, June 24

- Some women drivers shared the pictures of their first legal drive on social media

- Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Major General Mansour Al Turki, says demand for obtaining driving licence is high

Sunday, June 24, was a landmark day for Saudi Arabian women as women drivers took to the roads legally for the first time in the kingdom's history after ban on women driving was finally lifted.

CNN reports that the end of the ban represents the culmination of years of campaigning by rights activists who have sometimes been jailed for protesting the controversial ban.

NAIJ.com gathers that senior Ministry of Interior and Traffic directorate officials said that more than 120,000 applied for a driver's licence on Sunday.

Official spokesman for the ministry of interior, Major General Mansour Al Turki, said: "Demand for obtaining driving licences is very high."

A doctor identified as Al-Fares, said: "I feel like I'm surprised. Am I really driving in my own country? I feel happy, relieved. I feel like I'm free."

With the ban lifted, women will be liberated from the constraints of needing to hire a male driver as women will also join the workforce

Aliah Naser said her mother, Romoush Bana, was scared a little but did it in the end. Naser, who watched her mother drive, posted the image on Instagram.

She said: "My reaction: I was super excited about this change in Saudi and really hope that everyone can have fun and enjoy these changes in Saudi Arabia. She was scared a little but she did it in the end."

33-year-old Baheirah Khusheim: "It is a remarkable historic moment that I wish all the world would be here to witness it."

Khusheim added: "The support from the community and officers was remarkable. As soon as you leave the license office, all you will hear is BEEP! BEEP! "MABROOK! CONGRATS!" from random strangers. It's a thrilling experience."

Landmark day for Saudi women as kingdom's controversial driving ban ends

Female driver in Saudi Arabia. Photo credit: CNN

Excitement as Saudi women legally drive after kingdom's controversial ban ends

A Saudi woman behind the wheel. Photo credit: The Independent

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a royal decree was issued in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 that would allow women in the country to drive.

The Saudi Foreign ministry revealed this via its official Twitter account. A committee was formed to implement the ruling and it would present recommendations within 30 days. Then the government would have until June 24, 2018, to implement the new decree.

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