Jeddah opens a Saudi women-only showroom
It was a very big deal! Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women drivers only in June and hundreds of women flocked to Jeddah for the first ever car exhibition. This exhibition was aimed at women and the high turnout deemed it a successful one.
Le Mall in Jeddah was replete with colourful balloons in the showroom as women viewed the cars, took photos and selfies, The women had a lot of fun. Many women were there just to look at the cars up close and to sit in the driver's seat.
King Salman lifted the ban that made Saudi Arabia the only Nation that banned women drivers. It shows how deeply conservative Saudi Arabia, but it also shows how it is progressing to embrace modern culture and be open to change.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Is only 32 years old and is responsible to bring many changes to his Nation. Being a patriarchal nation, Saudi Arabia has been slow to give more rights to women. Many women are interested in cars and driving but this was impossible with the ban.
Saudi Arabia is an expensive country to live in, especially after the value-added tax (VAT) was introduced in January and increased gas prices. This car exhibition was focused on fuel efficient cars. Moreover, the exhibition was led by saleswomen. It's not surprising because the whole Mall is run by women. You will see women working in the restaurants, in all the shops, and working as cashiers.
The exhibition is now a showroom and women can check cars, test drive, and learn how to drive safely on the roads of Saudi Arabia.