First women-only car showroom opens in Saudi Arabia
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First women-only car showroom opens in Saudi Arabia

Five months before women formally permitted to drive in kingdom, private company offers them choice of vehicles

Illustrative: A Saudi woman tours a car showroom for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 11, 2018. (AFP/Amer Hilabi)
Illustrative: A Saudi woman tours a car showroom for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 11, 2018. (AFP/Amer Hilabi)

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — A Saudi private company on Thursday opened the first car showroom for women only just five months before a decision allowing women to drive takes effect.

The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port city of Jeddah to allow women the freedom to choose their own cars before they hit the road.

In a decision late last year, King Salman gave Saudi women the right to drive, abolishing an almost three-decade ban based on religious reasons.

The showroom offers a wide selection of vehicles from various makes and is staffed by women only.

Saudi women tour a car showroom for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on January 11, 2018. (AFP/Amer Hilabi)

It also provides women with solutions to finance their purchase provided by leading banks and financial companies.

The company plans to open more automobiles showrooms for women in the oil-rich kingdom.

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