This commentary was published in The Gulf News on 22/05/2011
In my travels around the GCC, I am often asked a familiar question: Why don't women drive in your country? I tell them that they are not allowed. The next question they put forward is: When will women be allowed to drive? To that question I usually shake my head and tell them that I honestly do not know.
Almost six years ago in October 2005 in his first television interview as King, Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia was put forth this question by a TV commentator of a US network: "Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world in which women are not allowed to drive. It seems to be symbolic of a women's lack of independence. Would you support allowing a woman to drive?"
Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.