Saudi move to lift driv­ing ban on women wel­come: Omani fe­males

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MUSCAT: Speak­ing at the United Na­tions (U.N.), Ab­dal­lah Al Moual­limi, the per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Saudi Ara­bia to the U.N., said the de­cree by the Saudi king al­low­ing women to drive is ‘his­toric’.

The Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud of Saudi Ara­bia on Tues­day, or­dered that women be al­lowed to drive cars.

Al Moual­limi said that it was a his­toric day for Saudi so­ci­ety.

“Thank God, I can’t de­scribe how happy we are to­day be­cause of this royal de­cree, at last for the ma­jor­ity of us, and we knew it is go­ing to be pos­si­ble for us to drive since the Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of De­fence had said be­fore that the idea was al­ready dis­cussed and all the gov­ern­ment was wait­ing for the com­mu­nity readi­ness and ac­cep­tance,” said Nada Al Otaibi, a Saudi wo­man.

Omani women, who have been al­lowed to drive since 1970, ex- pressed their thoughts on the lat­est Saudi De­cree that al­lows women to drive.

“I’ve never imag­ined that I will wit­ness such a his­toric mo­ment like this, no mat­ter how re­ac­tions are be­tween ac­cep­tance, re­jec­tion and ridicule by some of the Saudi so­ci­ety; I be­lieve that the time will pass and ev­ery­one will fi­nally ac­cept it,” stated Sun­dus Said, a 22-year-old Omani me­dia stu­dent at the Sul­tan Qa­bood Uni­ver­sity.

“In my opin­ion, this de­ci­sion came late, mainly be­cause of how driv­ing has be­come a ne­ces­sity these days. All women should be in­de­pen­dent, and should be able to go and do what­ever they want with­out the need of a man,” said Sara Salim, an Omani women.

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