Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving. As a result, thousands of foreign workers are brought into the country to drive women around, causing an additional budget constraint on many Saudi families. I have never seen such disregard for basic traffic rules and common driving courtesy as I have seen here in Saudi Arabia. Traffic lanes are usually ignored and it’s not unusual to see six lanes of vehicles squeezed in where only three should be. At stop lights, cars will actually drive up onto the sidewalks on the right and then turn to the left so that they can then straddle at an angle in front of all the lanes of traffic waiting for the light to turn green.
My theory is that once women are allowed to drive in this country, order and civility will be restored to the roads. However, some religious leaders here are convinced that if women are allowed to drive, they will put on lots of makeup, become harlots, hook up with men, and the society will decay into an immoral sesspool like the West. I’m not exaggerating – read a post I did on my other blog recently for more. (Click on image to view enlargement in greater detail.)
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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