Saudi Arabia holds women-only car show after end of driving ban

Saudi Arabia is hosting its first women-only car show.

The event is being held in a shopping mall in the port city of Jeddah, and comes just a few months after a royal decree lifted a longstanding ban on women driving in the kingdom.

A Saudi woman checks a car  at the first automotive showroom solely dedicated for women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Reem Baeshen     NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC119C62ABC0

The show comes just a few months after the kingdom lifted a ban on women driving.  (Reuters)

The law was revoked in September as part of a liberalization program led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, and amid growing protests by women who were getting behind the wheel in defiance of the restriction.

The show, promoted as “Drive and Shop,” features cars from Nissan, Toyota, Kia and other foreign brands and is focused on fuel efficient vehicles, according to Reuters.

A Saudi woman is seen at the first automotive showroom solely dedicated for women, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia January 11, 2018. REUTERS/Reem Baeshen     NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES - RC1946D011C0

Cars from Nissan, Toyota and Kia are on display.  (Reuters)

“It is known that women are the largest section who shop in malls,” said Sharifa Mohammad, the heads the exhibition’s saleswomen. “This whole mall is run by women anyway. All the cashiers are women. Everyone in the restaurants are women,” said head auto saleswoman Sharifa Mohammad.

Saudi Arabia's growing automotive market is worth roughly $20 billion annually.