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Last week, King Salman issued a decree that women would finally be able to drive in Saudi Arabia – but not everyone is happy about the.

In celebration of the announcement, one man took to Twitter to share a joyful selfie of him teaching his wife how to drive in an empty car park.

The Tweet translates to: “I started teaching my wife ow to drive in one of the private parking spaces in a safe and legal way, preparing for the law to take effect.”

However, what should have been a happy memory for the couple has been spoiled by the mixed reaction the photo received.

One Twitter user by the name of Bderr1992 wrote: “Don't you feel embarrassed or protective of her when posting her picture? Shame on you.”

Speaking to the BBC, Faisal explained how he and his wife had been “waiting patiently” for the controversial driving ban to be lifted, and was hoping that his photo might encourage other men to teach their female relatives how to drive.

Many women had a positive response to the photo with one user commenting: "Tomorrow, my son Azzam will teach me how to drive."

The new law will come into effect from June 2018, though in the meantime, Fasial has said he want to inspire female drivers to train in a legal and safe way.



A young Saudi woman has caused a stir online after she posted a video of herself walking around in public in a miniskirt and crop top.

The footage has divided opinions, with some Saudis calling for her arrest while others rush to her defence.

Women in Saudi Arabia are not permitted to show off their bodies in public and must wear long, loose robes.

The video, posted on Snapchat, shows the young woman walking around an empty historic fort in Ushaiager, a village just north of Riyadh, where many of the country's most conservative families live.

After the video was shared online, two conflicting hashtags emerged – one calling for her arrest and another arguing that she should have the freedom to dress as she pleases.

Ibrahim al-Munayif, a Saudi writer with more than 41,000 followers on Twitter, wrote:

“Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country.”

Others pointing out the fact that US First Lady, Melania Trump, although modestly dressed, had refused to wear a head cover during President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia in May.

According to the Associated Press, the Saudi Okaz news website reported that officials in Ushaiager called on the region's police to take actions against the woman.

Another news website reported that the kingdom's morality police had corresponded with other agencies to investigate the video further.

Given that almost half of Saudi Arabia's population in under the age of 25, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has pushed for greater openings for entertainment in part to appease the country's youth, but strict gender segregation rules remain.