Saudi women create history anew by driving public taxis in Al-Ahsa

Women in Saudi Arabia have added yet another feather in their cap by creating history again after taking their place behind the wheel in public taxis. The Al-Ahsa governorate in the Eastern Province witnessed Saudi women driving taxis for the first time in the Kingdom; Al-Ekhbariya Television channel reported.

Munira Al-Marra; one of the taxi drivers; chose this profession because of her passion and love to drive. “I have 30 years of experience in driving vehicles including pickup and heavy vehicles. I can drive any type of vehicle and also can do spot repair in the event of breakdown or engine failure;” she told Al-Ekhbariya.

The channel conducted a field survey of Saudi women drivers’ experiences in picking this new challenging career. They are part of a project under which there are 500 limousines that serve all segments of women society within the Kingdom and outside; especially around half a million women in Al-Ahsa governorate.

The women drivers are also picking up customers to take them to other regions and governorates around the Kingdom; particularly to Riyadh and Dammam. Their customers also include those who want to travel to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states as Al-Ahsa region is close to the United Arab Emirates; Qatar and Bahrain.

It is noteworthy that on June 24; 2018; Saudi Arabia witnessed a landmark reform following the issuance of royal order to lift the ban on women driving; and this was one of the remarkable achievements made under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.