Saudi women check a car at an automobile stand in the Saudi Red Sea resort of Jeddah on October 5, 2017. AFP / Amer HILABI
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Ride-hailing service Uber told the Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday it was aiming to recruit female training drivers for Saudi women who want to work for Uber by the end of the year.In a royal decree issued on Sept. 26, Saudi King Salman ordered an end by next year to the ban on women drivers.The arrival of women drivers could lift Saudi car sales by 15-20 percent annually, leading forecaster LMC Automotive predicts, as the kingdom's "car density" of 220 vehicles per 1,000 adults rises to about 300 in 2025, closing the gap with the neighboring United Arab Emirates.
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