04.15.1310:12 AM ET

Saudi Prince: Let Women Drive

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says it makes economic sense.

It’s time to get women behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia, says the country’s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of King Abdullah. Women in the Arab kingdom are barred from driving, but that practice has stopped making economic sense, the prince said in a Twitter message. The question of “women driving will result in dispensing with at least 500,000 foreign drivers, and that has an economic and social impact for the country,” he tweeted. He did not elaborate on those benefits, but because women can’t drive, they rely on foreign drivers—money that is being sent out of the country and could lead to more disposable family income if women were allowed behind the wheel.