First Saudi women's auto show a big hit in Riyadh

Postado Mai 16, 2018

As Gulf News reports, women are taking evening lessons on deserted motor-sports circuits on the outskirts of Riyadh, a location that is usually the scene of drag races and drifting challenges on weekends, a favorite pastime in Saudi Arabia.

The three-day exhibition allowed women to see the high-end cars on display, interact with dealers and insurance company representatives, and learn about special offers.

The exhibition, which is expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors, will allow women to get to know all the vehicle dealerships in Saudi Arabia and their special offers, as well as the offers of insurance companies and accessories for cars and to communicate directly with government and private supporting agencies.

Women will be allowed to start driving in the Kingdom from June 24, General Department of Traffic Director General Maj.

In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving. In the capital today, groups of men and women sit unsegregated in a few cafes, a scene unthinkable just a few years ago, and public concerts and theatres now allow men and women to be present within the same space.

Women with foreign driving licenses will be able to apply for a local one through a separate process, which will also assess their driving skills.