Saudi Arabia

Saudi ban on women drivers ends on Sunday

Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday (June 24), ending the world's only ban on female motorists.

Overturning the decades-long ban is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate.

Potentially thousands of female drivers are set to take the wheel on Sunday, a long-awaited rite of passage for women in the kingdom that many say could usher in a new era of social mobility.

Plane carrying Saudi Arabia World Cup team catches fire in-flight

Saudi Arabia's official team plane caught fire in midair as they traveled to their World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Green Falcons, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group A match when the incident happened.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus as they flew in to take on Uruguay on Wednesday.