Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would now allow women to drive .
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which does not allow women to drive. Women drivers have previously been arrested and cars have been confiscated.
In a royal decree signed by king Salman bin Abdulaziz , the order said it will be effective immediately but the rollout will take few months.
The decree said women would be allowed to drive “in accordance with the Islamic laws”.
“This is a historic big day in our kingdom,” says prince Khaled bin Salman.
Saudi leaders also hope the new policy will help the economy by increasing women’s participation in workplace as they spend most of their salaries on drivers.
It is amazing said Fawziah al-Bakr, who was among 47 women protest against the ban in 1990.
“Since that day , Saudi women have been asking for the right to drive and finally it arrived”, she said over a phone.
Some are against the new system said that it was inappropriate in Saudi culture for women to drive.
Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead several problems .
Under the country’s system a male family member must grant permission first for a woman to study, travel and other activities.