Saudi women, the future is yours.
Last week, 11 Saudi women started working as air-traffic controllers in Jeddah after being hired by state-owned Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS).
According to Arabian Business, the group of women "completed a full year of courses in the traffic control management program dedicated to women at the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation."
Their hiring comes over a year after SANS officials announced that the organization will be training 80 women per year to become air traffic controllers.
In a statement to press, CEO of SANS Ryyan Tarabzoni said "the company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, in line with improving women's rights in the country."
Soon after the first group of women trainees graduated their courses, SANS welcomed another 15 female students who are now enrolled in the ATC training program.
Under Vision 2030, women unemployment rates have been dropping
According to Nawal Abdullah Al-Thabian, a top official at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, around 600,000 Saudi women have already entered the country's job market.
With more women hired than ever before, Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate for women has seen significant drops. During the third quarter of 2018, the rates dropped to 30.9 percent among Saudi women, from 31.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018.
Last year, 80,000 job vacancies opened up for Saudi women after the country announced women's clothing stores will only hire nationals.
In recent months, the kingdom's General Directorate of Passports announced it will start recruiting women to work at airports and land border-crossing points.
In August 2018, Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Civil Aviation issued local pilot licenses to five Saudi women for the first time ever.