Uber is set to suffer yet another blow less than a week after authorities in London refused to renew its license as Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issues a decree allowing women to drive for the first time.
Women in the Gulf Kingdom usually rely on Uber to ferry them about due to the driving ban.
Until now, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined.
Praise for the move has been pouring in from inside the Saudi kingdom, as well as around the world. US President Donald Trump said it was a “positive step” towards promoting women’s rights.
Campaigner Sahar Nassif told the BBC from Jeddah that she was “very, very excited – jumping up and down and laughing”.
“I’m going to buy my dream car, a convertible Mustang, and it’s going to be black and yellow!”