The king invited Qataris to come to Mecca for the pilgrimage currently underway, as reported by Al Jazeera. Many royals in the region make it a point to attend every year, mixing with their fellow men and women. They put aside any outward sign of their status and wear the same unform of unstitched linen robes.
Saudi women used to have to wait to go to London in the summer or hop over to the UAE, but now they can drive at home. Personally, I'd prefer to have a driver most of the time but you always want what others have, I guess. It'll be handy for pesky ob/gyn visits or for doing activities with the kiddies, going shopping with the girls or just lunching. Meanwhile, public transit in the UAE is getting SO exciting with volocopter taxis!!! Let me get a picture....brb