As Saudi Arabia joins every other country in the world in allowing women to drive on June 24, oil giant Saudi Aramco has set up a facility to train thousands of employees and their female dependents the ins and outs. The center, in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran, has the capacity to teach 4,000 people a year using technology like driving simulators and machines that demonstrate the importance of wearing seatbelts by simulating low-impact collisions. Tra
inees with no experience will get 34 hours of lessons, including 10 hours of theory and 24 of practical training. When women are ready to get behind the wheel of an actual car, rows of sedans parked outside the center wait for them, equipped with automatic vehicle location sensors.
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