Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree lifting the ban on women driving. His son Prince Khaled bin Salman has described the move as a “huge step forward.” Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which banned woman from driving.
The government has said it will start granting cinema licenses immediately. Many Saudis could be enjoying the big screen as early as March.
Saudi Arabia's state media has said provisions are being made for driving licenses to be issued to women. The ultraconservative kingdom is the only country in the world where women are not allowed behind the wheel.
Saudi Arabia aims to start issuing tourist visas to foreigners next year, a senior Saudi official told, as the government seeks to find new sources of revenue to diversify its economy.
Women will soon be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, but what about other fundamental rights? We take a look at the lamentable state of women's rights in the Islamic kingdom and other countries across the region.
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