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Women Earn Living as Cab Drivers in United Arab Emirates

Due to a new cab service started by the Dubai Transport Company, seven women have become the first female cab drivers in the Persian Gulf. Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, director of the cab service, said Dubai had received several requests from female customers who did not want male drivers. Despite family, cultural, religious, and governmental prejudices that restrict women’s economic freedom, the seven drivers have received little societal backlash for their non-traditional occupations. Some speculate the lack of opposition is because the drivers will only serve women customers. The Dubai drivers were trained to navigate roads, perform basic first aid, and handle car trouble, police, and customers.

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Associated Press, June 7, 2000

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