At midnight on Saturday, women across Saudi Arabia were legally allowed to drive for the first time since 1957.
The National will bring you all of the latest news and reaction from the development, which was first announced by King Salman in September 2017.
Some six million women - or 65 per cent of the female driving-age population - are expected to apply for a licence.
It was the moment they had waited for since King Salman issued the royal decree on September 26, 2017, to lift the driving ban on women.
Just after midnight on Saturday and in the first minutes of Sunday, board member of Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Bros Samah Algosaibi grabbed the keys to her family’s 1959 Corvette C1 and drove out of the driveway of her beach house in Khobar.
She said, “We are witnessing history in the making as we look toward the dawn of a promising future. As a businesswoman in Saudi Arabia, I am grateful for the women’s empowerment movement taking place. Today, I am honored to be sitting behind the wheel of change.”
Another woman to hit the road after midnight was Lina Almaeena, a member of the Saudi Shoura Council. She said, “It feels very liberating,” she said about driving her mother’s Lexus.
June 24, 2018