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Laura The Founder of Blue Abaya Is The First Female European To Receive Her Driver’s License In Saudi

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Laura Alho, the Finnish founder of Blue Abaya, a travel blog based in Riyadh is the first European in the Kingdom to receive her driver’s license. 

The blogger took to social media to share her process of converting her international license to the Saudi one when employees at the General Directorate of Traffic in Riyadh mentioned the news.

It started with this post of the ‘June 24’ jacket to hype her up 

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Then she took the practical test

…taking the test is necessary for anyone with an international driver’s license. 

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And BOOM! 

She and her friend both received their driver’s licenses.

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Then she was told by the authorities that she was, indeed, the first European woman to receive her driver’s license

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The blogger also took to Twitter to warn people not to believe those saying foreigners can’t attain the license

Mabrook, Laura!

I’d like to express my thanks to Moroor traffic office in today for a job well done. The process of converting foreign license to one and the driving test went smoothly-all very well organised. Everyone was friendly, supportive and smiling!

Laura Alho (via Twitter)

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Ten women in the Kingdom have officially been granted driver’s licenses on Monday ahead of the lift of the ban. According to Arab News, the first batch of ten women were ones who had already obtained international licenses. 

These women were just made to take a brief driving test and an eye exam prior to the issuance of the driver’s license at the General Directorate of Traffic in Riyadh.

Women will be able to drive from June 24

In just a few short weeks, any other woman who had registered for their driver’s licenses or would want to transfer their international ones- will be sorted. If you have an existing international driver’s license, you may submit them on this website.

Following submission, you will be assessed on your ability to drive via a practical test and BOOM, voila!

READ NEXT: 5 Driving Schools In Universities That Are Available For Women In The Kingdom Right Now

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