Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis-Arabiya TV

Yemen's Hadi sees only a military solution to crisis-Arabiya TV

Women can not travel overseas, work or undergo some medical procedures without the consent of their male "guardian", often a father, a husband or even a son.

In this documentary, The Times's Mona El-Naggar takes us inside the ultraconservative kingdom and into the largely inaccessible world of Saudi women.

However, the change will not be implemented immediately as the kingdom has no infrastructure for women to learn to drive or obtain drivers licenses.

Alam also thanked Saudi Arabia for successfully holding the summit-level meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya Minority in NY.

Last month, Saudi police arrested an Arab woman after video circulated showing her driving a auto in the Eastern Province.

Low oil prices have limited the government jobs that many Saudis have long relied on, and the kingdom is trying to push more citizens, including women, into gainful employment.

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Nauert is calling it "a great step in the right direction for that country".

Critics worldwide say the ban is a sign of the Saudi government's oppression against women.

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

"The police will need to be trained to interact with women in a way they rarely do in a society where men and women who are not related rarely interact", the report noted.

Relations between Mogadishu and Riyadh have become strained since June this year following Somalia's refusal to side with the Saudi allies over Qatar.

"Some said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture for women to drive, or that male drivers would not know how to handle women in cars next to them".

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