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Women drivers seen reviving Saudi car market

Hired- driver services like Uber could see a drop in demand

Jeff Green & Jamie Butters | Bloomberg 

The ultraconservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued an order allowing women to drive, ending a long-standing policy that’s cast an unflattering light on the country’s treatment of women. It’s also a royal opportunity for global automakers eager to make further inroads into the West Asia’s biggest economy. Saudi Arabia’s move to open up its auto market to about half of its 32 million total population will have a profound impact on vehicle demand, driving habits and even immigration patterns in a country where low-wage immigrants from Bangladesh and ...

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First Published: Thu, September 28 2017. 01:33 IST