- Posted June 29, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What if you weren't allowed to drive?
Rarely Drive A Car
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
I am Niena Sevilla, an Overseas Filipino Worker.
Last May marked my 6 years as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. There were some cultural adjustments that I had encountered in my first few months here. But eventually, I was able to embrace their customs and I have so much respect on the laws that the Kingdom has implemented.
Not driving a car at all isn't bizarre for me since I have only driven a car thrice back in the early 2000's. I was trying to learn out of curiosity. Years ago, my father owned a very old car but he got rid of it right away. Driving a motorcyle is what I am very good at back in town (Palompon,Leyte Philippines).
It would be an advantage if women could drive in Saudi Arabia. Based on my experiences as an expat, we hire taxicabs or private cars when we go to the malls and to other places. And the safest way is to tag along with a married couple friends who own a private car.
Nevertheless, I don't have a problem in going to my workplace and vice versa. Our company has mini buses. Other than that, we have the option to claim our transportation allowance.
To all Saudi Women, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor.