Saudi Arabian women can legally drive for the first time in decades as of Sunday, when the ban's cancellation officially went into effect. Riyadh announced the plan to lift the ban last year, and since then, women have obtained driver's licenses but were not yet able to use them. "I feel like I'm surprised — am I really driving in my own country?" said Mona Al-Fares, a doctor. "I feel happy, relieved. I feel like I'm free." Most Saudi women have yet to obtain licenses, and wait lists for gender-segregated driving classes are long.

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