Donning a helmet inside a pearl silver sports sedan, Rana Almimoni skids and drifts around a Riyadh park, engine roaring, tyres screeching and clouds of dust billowing from the back.
Saudi Arabian women celebrates being able to drive for the first time in decades today, as the kingdom overturnes the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.
Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is “decent and respectful”, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince says.
Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith - a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts towards modernisation.
Saudi women will be allowed for the first time to enter a sports stadium to watch a soccer match between two local teams, though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section.”
Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials say three months after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving.