Saudi Arabia Will Soon Have More Than 10000 Female Taxi Drivers

| January 11 , 2018 , 14:18 IST

King Salman, the ruler of Saudi Arabia in September last year issued a historic decree that would allow women to drive for the first time. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now only men were issues driving licenses and women driving in public risked being arrested and heavily fined.

The reform is in line with the kingdom's Vision 2030 programme that seeks to elevate women to nearly one-third of the workforce, up from about 22 percent now.

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While the King gave his decree in September 2017, the royal order will be implemented in mid 2018. As Saudi Arabia readies itself for this historic lifting of ban, ride hailing applications in the Islamic nation have started their preparation looking forward to employ female chauffeurs as per reports.

The two major hailing apps Careem and Uber have already recruited the first phase of female drivers as more than three fourth of the Uber and Careem’s customers in Saudi Arabia are female riders as per a report by CNN.

Dubai based company Careem has reportedly said that it plans to hire upto 10,000 female drivers to lure new clients in Saudi Arabia. The company invited international media agencies to its first recruitment session in the city of Khobar attracting women from diverse backgrounds already in possession of foreign driving licenses.

Careem is working to add a new "Captinah" button to its app exclusively for female riders and families that would allow them to choose women chauffeurs once the royal order is implemented.