According to carscoops, Saudi Arabia is the only country which disallows women from driving but on the 30th of November, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal wrote on Twitter, telling his 5.4 million followers to 'Stop the debate. Time for women to drive.'
Following the tweet, the office of Prince Alwaleed released a four-page statement stating the many reasons why women should be allowed to drive in the country. In the statement, the prince felt that preventing a woman from driving a car is today as good as disallowing her from receiving an education or having an independent identity.
He also added that women have to be dependent on foreign drivers, an alternative that exacts a cost from the family’s income, or else continue to take cabs which also costs quite a bit and also driven by foreign drivers. It is considered a violation of Sharia law for women to be driven by non-muslims.
It is reported that billions of dollars is drained from the Saudi economy due to the extensive use of foreign drivers.