Following the decree, women will no longer need permission from a legal guardian to get a licence and will not need a guardian in the car when they drive, said the new Saudi ambassador to Washington DC, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. The decision comes amid a broad reform program that last week led to women being allowed into a sports stadium for the first time. It is the most significant change yet to a rigidly conservative social order in Saudi Arabia that has strictly demarcated gender roles, and severely limits the role of women in public life. Recent months have seen live concert performances in Riyadh — albeit to male-only audiences — while the powers of the once-omnipresent religious police have been curtailed.
This week, he embarks on a cross-country American tour, where he'll pitch his kingdom to a skeptical U. He was named heir to the throne nine months ago by his year-old father, King Salman, who granted his son vast new powers.
He is emancipating women, introducing music and cinema and cracking down on corruption, in a land with 15, princes. But selling Saudi Arabia won't be easy. In his first interview with an American television network, he was eager to discuss his country's promise and its troubled reputation head-on.
They think about the terrorism that he brought to American soil. In order to create an environment conducive to recruitment and spreading his radical message that the west is plotting to destroy you.
Indeed he succeeded in creating this schism in the west. And how do you change that? Because it looks like what you're trying to do is change things here at home. I believe that we have succeeded in many respects in the last three years. He arrived in a driving rain, a sign of good fortune in the desert kingdom.
He's been called bold and visionary for his reforms at home, as well as reckless and impulsive in his rise to power. He has kicked a hornet's nest in the Middle East and earned a host of new enemies, partly why he's one of the most heavily-guarded men in the world.
This is the office where he starts his days. Mohammed bin Salman in English: He learned English from watching movies as a kid. And he's acutely aware that 70 percent of the population is like him, under the age of 35 — and getting restless.
What's been the biggest challenge? There's a lot of challenge. I think the first big challenge that we have is do the people believe in what we are doing. There is a widespread perception that the kind of Islam practiced inside Arabia is harsh, it's strict, it's intolerant.
Is there any truth to that? Afterthat's true.
We were victims, especially my generation that suffered from this a great deal. The crown prince traces most of Saudi Arabia's problems to the yearwhen the Ayatollah Khomeini established an Islamic theocracy next door in Iran.
In order to appease their own religious radicals, the Saudis began clamping down and segregating women from everyday life. What has been this Saudi Arabia for the past 40 years? Is that the real Saudi Arabia? This is not the real Saudi Arabia. I would ask your viewers to use their smartphones to find out.
And they can google Saudi Arabia in the 70s and 60s, and they will see the real Saudi Arabia easily in the pictures. What was Saudi Arabia like before ? We were living a very normal life like the rest of the Gulf countries. Women were driving cars.
There were movie theaters in Saudi Arabia. We were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of Saudi women -- who've been virtually invisible in public -- have been given new rights, making it easier for them to start a business, join the military, and attend concerts and sporting events.
In June, they will be able to get behind the wheel and drive. Are women equal to men? We are all human beings and there is no difference. You have said you are, "Taking Saudi Arabia back to what we were, a moderate Islam.
We have extremists who forbid mixing between the two sexes and are unable to differentiate between a man and a woman alone together and their being together in a workplace. Many of those ideas contradict the way of life during the time of the prophet and the Caliphs. This is the real example and the true model.Saudi Arabia will be lifting the ban on women driving on the 24th of June and Saudi driving licenses are now being issued to women.
The first Saudi women got their licenses this Tuesday from the Moroor traffic office. Opening a driving file kicks off your hunt for driving license. You need to open it in Emirates Driving Company, Musaffah probably mins from Abu Dhabi.
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Media caption Saudi women hit the road. I used to drive when I was studying for a diploma in midwifery in Bahrain and I have had a driving license since I also had an international licence.