Status Of Women In Saudi Arabia in Islamic-Western Dialogue Posted October 4, 2011 · Edited October 4, 2011 by Cruorem_Deus Asalamualaikum. I heard in the news a few days ago that women will be allowed to vote in elections in the future in Saudi Arabia. My question is, why did Saudi Arabia prohibit women from voting in the first place? Was there anything in the Koran/Hadith which made the Arabs not allow their women to vote? Also, I have heard that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive cars. Is this true? If so, why not? Thanks! Wow. If that's true (Women aren't allowed to vote, or drive.), then Saudi Arabia is a backwards, primitive country, with twisted and disgusting laws. But then, what else is new? Wouldn't suprise me if even uttering the word "equality" over there was punishable by death. I mean, if what you say is the case, then they don't even enjoy freedom of gender, much less the freedom of speech, sexuality, religion or thought.