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Saudi Woman Driving Ban

‘Because I can’: ride-hailing app welcomes Saudi women drivers

RIYADH: Reem Farahat waited for a ride request. Her phone pinged. "I’ve already cried twice," she said, heading out to work as one of Saudi Arabia’s first female drivers for Careem. The Dubai-based ride-hailing app, along with global behemoth Uber, reacted to Saudi King Salman’s September announcement of an end to the kingdom’s ban on female motorists by saying it would hire women in the conservative kingdom. On Sunday, when the king’s decree took effect, nearly a dozen Careem "captainahs" — all Saudi women — were ready…