Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive

“In 2016, Alwaleed bin Talal, an influential Saudi prince called for an ‘urgent’ end to the ban, saying it is a matter not just of rights but economic necessity.  He also detailed the ‘economic costs’ of women having to rely on private drivers or taxis, since public transit is not a viable alternative in the kingdom.  Using foreign drivers drains billions of dollars from the Saudi economy, Alwaleed said.  He calculated that families spend an average of $1,000 a month on a driver, money that otherwise could help household income at a time when many are making do with less.”

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