Saudi Women Prepare To Drive As Ban Nears End

Driver's Ed in Saudi Arabia

These women feel the need...the need for speed.

Saudi women will soon be buckling up and getting behind the wheel as their country is set to lift its decades-long driving ban on June 24. (Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced back in September 2017 that he would end the ban.) Of course, that now means hundreds, if not thousands, of women — once forced to be chauffeured everywhere they went — will need to learn how to drive. Here, images of Saudi women revving their (simulated) engines during an educational driving event.

SIGNS OF PROGRESS Sean Gallup/Getty Images SIGNS OF PROGRESS Young women gather to organize the outdoor event on June 21 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The lifting of the ban, which dates back to 1957, is one of a number of reforms in the works by the Saudi government to help restore women's basic legal rights. DRIVE THIS WAY Sean Gallup/Getty Images DRIVE THIS WAY Sondos Ashi, 15, tries out a simulator as members of her family look on. A number of women have already traded in their foreign-issued licenses for Saudi ones, ahead of the ban lifting.

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SAFETY FIRST Sean Gallup/Getty Images SAFETY FIRST Using an upside-down car as a visual aid, a guide explains the importance of wearing a seat belt. MEAN GREEN MACHINE Sean Gallup/Getty Images MEAN GREEN MACHINE Another simulator at the driving event. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Sean Gallup/Getty Images PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT The women put their new skills to the test at the event's go-kart track. VROOOOOOOOOOOOOM! Sean Gallup/Getty Images VROOOOOOOOOOOOOM!



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