Saudi Arabia is one of the most important locations for the religion of Islam. Each year, millions of visitors come to worship at the country’s two holy sites of Mecca and Medina. How much do you actually know about this Middle Eastern powerhouse of a country? Here are some incredible facts about Saudi Arabia that may help you see a new side of the country that may surprise you.
Saudi Arabia became the last country in the world to allow women to drive. Originally, strict religious laws forbade women from getting a license and operating a car. In June 2018, the law was overturned and it ushered in a new era that allowed woman more free movement in the country.
Driving was not the only banned activity for women in Saudi Arabia. Women still do not have the ability to open up a bank account or travel on their own, and they also need to receive permission from male family members in order to attend school or work.