Eman bint Abdulla Al-Ghamdi has just been appointed as assistant mayor of Al-Khobar municipality for information technology, Saudi Gazette reported on Wednesday.

She is the first woman to hold a municipal post in Saudi Arabia. 

In a statement she made after her appointment, Al-Ghamdi said

"I will do my best to further enhance the civic work of the municipality through the female section and the IT department."

The Mayor of the Eastern Province, Fahd Bin Mohammed Al-Jubair, also issued a statement on the matter. 

"Ghamdi's appointment is within the municipality's endeavors to develop the civic work and within the need to give women leading positions in the municipal work," he said

Al-Jubair added that the move comes in line with the kingdom's Vision 2030

Launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ever-transforming ambitious footprint features several goals, one of which is to encourage more women to join the country's workforce.

A positive month for women in the kingdom

News of Al Ghamdi's appointment comes shortly after a ban on women driving was lifted in the kingdom.  

The decision - which was issued on Tuesday - was announced in a royal decree broadcast on state television. 

The decree mandates the creation of a ministerial body to give advice on the practicalities of the order within 30 days and a full implementation of the order by June 2018.

Any change in the law must "apply and adhere to the necessary Sharia standards." 

It also comes a day after Saudi Arabia assigned the role of spokesperson for the kingdom's embassy in Washington to a woman. In a tweet following the announcement, Fatimah S. Baeshen expressed her pride and gratitude, saying: "I'm grateful for the opportunity, the support, and well wishes."

The past few months have seen significant improvements for women in the kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia has, in recent years, seen a huge increase in the number of women joining the country's workforce

According to figures provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, the number of Saudi women working in the private sector increased by 130 percent between 2012 and 2016.