Ever since Vision 2030 was put in place, Saudi Arabia started moving at a very fast pace in its to-do-list for laying down the foundation for a more modern society.
The latest move in this list is allowing Saudi women to drive trucks and motorcycles.
Saudi women drivers
This move comes three months after the Saudi authorities issued a decision to end a ban on women driving.
The Saudi General Directorate of Traffic gave details of the new regulations that will follow the lifting of the ban on the official Saudi Press Agency late on Friday.
“Yes, we will authorize women to drive motorcycles as well as trucks”, read a statement made by the Saudi Press Agency, according to local news reports.
It added that the royal decree stipulates that the law on driving will be “equal” for both men and women.
Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas in the first quarter of 2018, its top tourism official told AFP.
Saudi Vision 2030 aims to boost the kingdom’s hospitality industry from a current number of tourists visiting the kingdom estimated at 200,000.
In September, the PIF announced that it is setting up a $2.7bn company to invest in entertainment.
Did you forget flicks?
Saudi Arabia also issued a decision to allow movie viewing again, starting from Q1 2018, following a ban on it imposed since 1980.
Shortly after lifting restrictions on cinemas, the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund signed an agreement with US-based AMC Entertainment Holdings aimed at developing new cinemas in Saudi Arabia which will start showing films as early as March.
The announcement was met with largely positive sentiments, with 80% of the residents supporting the change, while 67% intending to visit the cinemas.