After ban ends, Saudi women see new job in becoming drivers

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Time: June 25, 2018

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi women are driving freely for the first time after years of risking arrest if they dared to get behind the wheel. And with the ban now lifted, a new opportunity has emerged: Working as drivers.

It’s a job that had been reserved for men only and one that until recently even many Saudi males rejected as socially taboo.

Saudi women who want to work as drivers — for ride-hailing services like Uber, for example — are part of a wave of change that has drawn resistance from parts of the male community.

“It’s very natural for people to resist change,” said Ammal Farahat, an affluent mother of two with a master’s degree who runs who her own consultancy. “They’re going to change their minds.”

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