Sunday, June 5, 2011

Saudi Actress apologizes for driving; Saudi school kids put Governor on the spot on driving

Another day with more than one story related to Saudi women driving.

In the first, the Arab News reports that Wajnat al-Rahbini, a Saudi actress, was arrested for driving herself to the passport office. She is recently widowed, and her driver was on vacation. She had to take care of some passport and labor department business urgently and had no alternative. I suppose she could have called a taxi or a limo, but she chose not to. And she also said she's driven in the past with no consequences.
Here is the link to the story. Actress apologizes

Then, the Governor of the western Mecca Province, Prince Khalid bin Faisal, was visiting a school in western Saudi Arabia. A school girl asked him when women will be allowed to fly planes and drive cars; and then a boy asked whether he supported Saudi women driving. He was diplomatic...and handled it well. Fortunately, he has a good sense of humor. His father was the beloved King Faisal, and he was educated at Oxford.
Here is the link to the story from Emirates 24/7. Prince Khalid

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