Oman has finally lifted its ban on female drivers after years of campaigning.
The move, announced on Wednesday, comes a day after the country was criticised for not implementing its own national ID cards to allow women to vote in the presidential election.
Women in Oman are allowed to vote for their president in the first round of the presidential elections, but women are not allowed to run for parliament.
The government has not announced a date for the final vote.
The ruling Al Khalifa family has previously ruled Oman for almost three decades.
Oman has an oil-rich economy, but the government has struggled to make ends meet due to soaring inflation, poor infrastructure and a falling population.
The last presidential election in 2011 saw the country elect a president by popular vote, with Al Khalifas narrowly winning the vote.