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The first women’s car exhibition in Riyadh marks the latest stage in preparations for the day when women can take the wheels for the first time in the kingdom.

Dubbed “Pinkish”, the three-day exhibition allowed women to see the high-end cars on display, interact with dealers and insurance company representatives, and learn about special offers.

Organisers reported women enthusiastically discussed with their relatives and companions what cars would suit them best as they spent time on simulators to get a feel for the experience they expect to have to start June 24, when they will be allowed to drive.

At least 80,000 visitors are expected at the exhibition, which opened on Sunday. Support given by state entities showed official commitment to ensuring the success of the much-anticipated move. In September, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz issued an order to allow women to obtain driving licences and to drive in the kingdom.

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