Come this Sunday, men won't be the only ones allowed on the road and behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia, after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced late last year that the kingdom will lift adecades-long ban on women driving. The decision comes eight months after women were able to run and vote in local elections for the first time in the kingdom's history.
The civic reform marks a shift in the kingdom's apparent willingness to embrace more progressive values—at least symbolically—after years of allegations bemoaning the treatment and discrimination of Saudi women in public life.
Here are some recent snapshots from the Gulf Kingdom as its female citizens gear up to hit the road.
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