Taxi services are a real money-maker here in Saudi Arabia – and it’s no wonder, considering that half of the population (women) are not allowed to drive in this country. From what I have read, taxis do such a thriving business here that taxi business owners are probably the loudest opponents of the movement to lift the ban on women driving. Most taxi drivers and family-employed drivers are from other countries. This causes a tremendous influx of foreign workers into KSA, just to drive women around. So if women are allowed to drive here, many of the driving jobs will not be necessary, plus taxi business owners will have a tremendous overstock of expensive equipment (taxicabs) that won’t be needed anymore either. I recently published two posts on my other blog, Susie’s Big Adventure, on the ongoing debate and controversy over women driving here in Saudi Arabia. One post is an eloquent argument written by a young Saudi man, and the other post tells about a horrible experience that I personally had here because I cannot drive. Another older post I wrote talks about the illogical and absurd reasons some men here give for not allowing women to drive, and still another older post discusses how male children can get away with driving here while women cannot.
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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. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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