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Zuhoor Assiri drives her car in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.
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Halah Hussein Reda, a newly-licensed Saudi motorist, drives a car in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018
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Halah Hussein Reda, a newly-licensed Saudi motorist, opens the door of a car before leaving her driveway in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018 -- and the second the clock struck midnight, women across the country started their engines.
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Halah Hussein Reda, a newly-licensed Saudi motorist, waits for the road to clear before driving out of a driveway in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018 -- and the second the clock struck midnight, women across the country started their engines.
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Saudi women celebrate after they drove their cars in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.
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Zuhoor Assiri gestures as she drives her car in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018
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The brother of 27-year old Mabkhoutahal-Mari kisses her forehead before she drives to work for the first time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Saudi women are in the driver's seat for the first time in their country and steering their way through busy city streets just minutes after the world's last remaining ban on women driving was lifted on Sunday
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A Saudi woman celebrates with her friends as she drives her car in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.
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Halah Hussein Reda, a newly-licensed Saudi motorist, drives a car on a main road in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018 -- and the second the clock struck midnight, women across the country started their engines.
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Samira al-Ghamdi, a practicing psychologist, drives to work with her son Abdulmalik, 26, sitting behind, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia June 24, 2018.
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A Saudi woman, Amira, who works in Aramco, refuels her car as she drives to her office in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018
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Saudi Samar Al-Moqren prepares to drive her car through Riyadh city's streets for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018, when the law allowing women to drive took effect.
Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from June 24, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate
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Maha Mohammed poses for a photograph on a motorbike as she learns how to ride, at the Bikers Skills institute in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2018. As the kingdom prepares to lift a ban on women driving, Saudi women are being pushed to the forefront of a major transformation being spearheaded by the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It also places women in the crosshairs of a decades-old pull-and-tug between Saudis agitating for more social openings and a majority that remains deeply conservative.
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Hannan Iskandar gets ready before she starts to drive her car in her neighborhood, in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2018.
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Samira al-Ghamdi, a practicing psychologist, wait to get coffee as she drives to work in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia June 24, 2018.
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Majdooleen, who is among the first Saudi women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, is hugged by her father after she drove her car in her neighborhood in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 24, 2018.
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Majdooleen, who is among the first Saudi women allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, drives her car in her neighborhood in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia June 24, 2018.
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Halah Hussein Reda, a newly-licensed Saudi motorist, drives a car on a main road in the Saudi Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah early on June 24, 2018.
Saudi Arabia ended its longstanding ban on women driving on June 24, 2018 -- and the second the clock struck midnight, women across the country started their engines.
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