More than 28,000 applicants responded to an advertisement seeking 30 female train drivers in Saudi Arabia after women were admitted into the profession.
Spain’s state-owned railway company Renfe said on Wednesday that thousands of Saudi women had asked to ride high-speed trains between Islam’s holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, just a month after the announcement was published. Renfe operates a high-speed railway in the Arab kingdom.
The candidates are between 22 and 30 years old. Around 14,000 of them passed the first recruitment phase, with Renfe prioritizing their level of education and English skills. The drivers will be hired after a year of paid training expected to begin around March 15, the company said.
Saudi women and foreign couples are now allowed to rent rooms as part of the kingdom with medieval laws
Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive cars in 2018 and to travel abroad without the permission of a male guardian in 2019. Last year, Saudi media reported that single, divorced or widows were allowed to live alone without a man’s permission.
Saudi women, however, still live under far more restrictions than men.
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