Saturday, June 27, 2009

Women's Transport Solutions Needed by Laura Bashraheel

Another nice piece by Laura Bashraheel in the Arab News, discussing many aspects of the driving issue such as the cost of drivers and the difficulty of getting visas for them. This from the 6/27/09 Arab News. I think the piece is insightful because it gets below the surface issues usually covered in stories about Saudi women driving.

You can read the full story by clicking on the title of this post. It is also listed on the right side of this page with all the other news stories.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

"Your Car Is In the Lift, Madam" - An Interesting Article on Women and Cars in Riyadh

The latest link at the right is to a story about women in Riyadh and their cars - about how they buy cars, and how women are helping to sell cars to well-heeled clients. The article also has some good quotes about the issue of women driving. This article is by Caryle Murphy, and it appeared in The National. I like the photograph too, by Alex Maalouf.
To read the story, click on the title of this post.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Saudi Women's 'Brain Drain'

It's been a while since a major story about Saudi women driving has appeared. I've just added a link to a story from the Arab News earlier this month, by Laura Bashraheel, about young Saudi women moving to neighboring Gulf countries. There, they can pursue their careers while avoiding customs about gender separation. They can own and run businesses without having a male agent. They can deal with government institutions directly. And yes, they can drive. I'm including this article because it has several quotes from young women who mention that being able to drive is a plus. Also, the writer says there are many young Saudi women who are living in neighboring Gulf countries, waiting for things to change back home in Saudi Arabia.