With women in Saudi Arabia allowed to drive from June 2018, some are looking at the newfound freedom as a way to forge a career and make a living.
Thousands of women have already signed up to be drivers for Middle Eastern ride-hailing app Careem, the company told CNBC Wednesday, amid its push to recruit a total of 100,000 female drivers in the Kingdom.
CNBC met some of the women who are training to become drivers for the service. One recruit wanting to become a Careem driver — or a “captain” as the company calls its drivers — said she saw a driving career as a way to have her independence.
That sentiment was echoed by another trainee, Nouf Abdulkader, who said the attraction of the job for her was “helping people” and “trying to get them where they want to be.”