Saudi car show puts women in the driving seat
“Anything related to cars these days is attracting Saudi Arabian women. I want to know more about cars and prices,” said Shaimaa al-Fadl as she climbed into a car at the exhibition and adjusted the rear-view mirror. The royal decree will end a conservative tradition seen by activists as an emblem of the Muslim kingdom’s repression of women. About 10 million women over the age of 20 live in Saudi Arabia, a number that includes foreigners, though it may take years for women drivers to be a major presence on roads. “I need a car every day for work,” government employee Maha Adel Rahman said.