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Saudi Arabia gets its first ‘women only’ car showroom

AFP
Published : Jan 12, 2018, 11:24 am IST
Updated : Jan 13, 2018, 3:16 pm IST

In late 2017, King Salman gave Saudi women the right to drive, abolishing an almost three-decade ban based on religious reasons.

The showroom offers a wide selection of vehicles from various makes and is staffed by women only. (Photo: AFP)
 The showroom offers a wide selection of vehicles from various makes and is staffed by women only. (Photo: AFP)

Jeddah: A Saudi private company on Thursday opened the first car showroom for women only just five months before a decision allowing females to drive takes effect.

The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port city of Jeddah to allow women the freedom to choose their own cars before they hit the road.

In a historic decision in late 2017, King Salman gave Saudi women the right to drive, abolishing an almost three-decade ban based on religious reasons.

Read more: Women on wheels: Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving

The showroom offers a wide selection of vehicles from various makes and is staffed by women only.

It also provides women with solutions to finance their purchase provided by leading banks and financial companies.

The company plans to open more automobiles showrooms for women in the oil-rich kingdom.

Tags: king mohammad bin salman, women drivers, women’s rights
Location: Saudi Arabia, Mekka, Jedda