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Saudi men, leave your driving skills at home

This is an embarrassment of colossal proportions: Members of the EU are supporting a campaign that would totally ban Saudi men from driving in the EU. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and it’s not even a religious ruling, it’s something the government doesn’t want. The only time women could drive are either abroad, or somewhere in the deserts.

Although utterly impossible, let’s assume this goes the way of those few MP’s; Saudi men won’t be able to drive in most of Europe, but they can still drive back home. The women on the other hand, will be able to drive everywhere, but not at home. I guess the Saudi women will be enjoying more driving freedoms than their male counterparts…atleast abroad.

Via: Saudi Jeans

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  1. Anonymous
    August 18, 2006 at 11:04 AM

    Wow i never thought it would come to this. I always knew our MPs disliked the Saudi laws but to start this is unbelievable. i dont think it’ll get enough to be implemented though

  2. Zamzam
    August 18, 2006 at 11:56 AM

    Are you serious? This is GREAT! Finally some taste of their own medicine. That means I can drive in the UK and my brother can’t.

  3. Sam
    August 18, 2006 at 12:26 PM

    Anonymous: It’s inlikely…but it’s a good time that the gov’t here gave their laws a second thought.

    Zamzam: Lool…I’m sure there are millions more like you. Don’t worry…the day will come and you’ll be able to race men on the highways in KSA…

  4. May
    August 19, 2006 at 11:21 AM

    I have lived in Kuwait and used to drive daily, until I came to live in Saudi. For the driving woman, it’s a horrible thing to face: not being able to drive at all and the only means to go around being a stranger hired from another country. I hope this puts some sense into the lawmakers here although im sure they will just laugh it away

  5. Matt
    August 19, 2006 at 2:45 PM

    I have seen Saudis drive and they are reckless. Now if women are allowed to drive imagine the desperate youth coupled with their reckless driving and nature of harassing females. I can’t even think of what might happen

  6. Sam
    August 20, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    May: I know, all women coming from abroad suffer the same thing. I don’t think this issue even made it as a water cooler conversation.

  7. Sam
    August 20, 2006 at 10:31 AM

    Matt: I could somehow figure out how it’d be after seeing women drive in private towns here…

  8. Omar
    August 21, 2006 at 11:03 AM

    It’s a damn good thing i aint saudi. and i’d luv to see that law passed out i want these saudis here to know what it feels like to be BANNED from driving.

  9. AJ
    August 21, 2006 at 8:13 PM

    Shiit you serious? That be racist for real but i guess it wont happen in my lifetime.

  10. August 22, 2006 at 12:27 PM

    dats not right man. they cant just pass that out thats open racism

  11. Khaled
    August 22, 2006 at 6:44 PM

    I cant believe they ar even thinking about this idea. what if i have my own saudi license and also a british one? i can still drive with my uk license cant i? i dont think this will work out

  12. Sam
    August 23, 2006 at 12:06 PM

    Omar: It doesn’t matter…it won’t work.

    Hussein: It’s just a taste of their own medicine.

    Khaled: I know…but hey…the Saudi govt should rethink its policies…

  13. Fahad
    September 1, 2006 at 3:11 AM

    This is a nice turn of events. Ladies must be partying about this news.

  14. October 15, 2006 at 1:29 PM

    Just want to say what a nice site.

  15. November 6, 2006 at 9:03 AM

    Sam… What driving skills?!? They were left home a long, long time ago, if they ever existed at all. Sorry, young man, but until the record for accidents – and deaths on the roads – here in The Sandbox starts to dwindle even just ever so slightly – the men, yes the men [women can’t drive here!], will continue to successfully demonstrate that they are sorely lacking in driving skills. I posted on this proposed driving ban for men in Europe a while ago, too. EU Calls For Driving Ban On Saudi Men. It made the rounds… Fair is fair. Oh, and just one more comment on “skill,” hmmph… I watched a car load of shabaab [did I spell that correctly?] try to park in a BUS space at the mall and fail, miserably, after several – as in more than a few – tries. I was about to offer to show the young man who was driving how it is done – parallel parking – and thankfully caught myself in time, returned to “earth” from whatever moon I was visiting at the moment and realized where I was – where women can’t drive! Visit my post on parking if you get the opportunity [the parking “game” is fun for a couple minutes of mindless entertainment]: Women On Driver’s Seat

  16. Sam
    November 7, 2006 at 12:51 PM

    Fahad: Party is over…it was merely a thought and didn’t stand a chance of being implemented

    clothes: welcome to my humble abode…

    Sabra: You got me there; I put up the title as a sarcastic remark. The Sandbox has always had one of the highest records for accidents…and it’s no surprise due to the ‘driving skills’ of people here. I’d surely love to see women drive here. Sadly the only places they drive now are at compounds (as you know) or other private areas like Aramco and inside palaces…and even the desert away from the watchful eyes of cops.

    The guys you saw are a common example. You’re lucky you snapped back to your senses before you offered any assistance to those guys. I just wonder what the look of their faces would have been like had you offered your help.

  17. November 7, 2006 at 3:47 PM

    That’s ridiculous. It’s not as though every Saudi man opposes letting women drive. Not letting someone drive because of their age or because of a disability of some kind is reasonable but if the EU banned Saudi men from driving it’d make no more sense than the Saudi ban on women driving.

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