A woman driving few minutes after the appliance of the royal decree allowing women to drive © AP
In Saudi Arabia, since June 24, women are allowed to drive. And social media went crazy over this first.
Since Sunday, June 24 at midnight, women are officially allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. This is a first in the country, and it has been expected since September 26, 2017 when King Salman signed a decree allowing women to drive.
From Riyadh to Castellet
Many Saudi women were counting the minutes separating them from this fateful hour on Saturday. Hundreds of them took the wheel only seconds after midnight. A moment of history that has been massively relayed on social media.
— Arab News (@arabnews) June 25, 2018
Great day for all Saudi women 💛🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/ybHiFp5LZz
— Sh ☤︎ (@1ksxh) June 24, 2018
The event was also echoed in France, where first female member of Saudi National Federation of Motorsport Aseel Al-Hamad drove a Renault Formula 1 car at the opening of the Grand Prix du Castellet, in the Var.
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) 24 juin 2018
Les hommes applaudissent
As spectators of the event in Saudi Arabia, men have mainly shown enthusiasm, encouraging their new driving fellows.
Mabkhoutah al-Mari, mother of 2, drives herself to work for the first time today in Riyadh after #Saudi lifts world’s last remaining ban on women driving. Her older brother sends her off with encouraging words of support. Highlight: A drive-thru coffee run! #SaudiWomenDriving pic.twitter.com/uCXza3D4cC
— Aya Batrawy (@ayaelb) June 24, 2018
Some police officers also distributed roses to the first female drivers on the roads of the kingdom.
— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) June 24, 2018