"Women will be more empowered and more mobile and I think they will participate more in the job market over time, so I think it's going to contribute to employment of females in Saudi Arabia".
The end of the controversial ban brings the ultra-conservative Gulf nation into line with the rest of the world.
To celebrate this joyous occasion, woman racer Aseel Al Hamad laps a race track in Saudi Arabia in an F-Type.
Adding 1 percentage point to the Saudi participation rate every year might add about 70,000 more women a year to the labour market, according to Daoud.
One businesswoman said "It's our moment" in an Arab News tweet.
Other women used similar language to describe their maiden driving experiences.
"To all men I say, be gentle towards women" drivers, popular Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu said in an online video. The events spanned three days in Riyadh, Dammam, Jeddah and Tabuk. Myself as a man, or any man, when he sees a woman, he'll give her the priority and give her the right of way to drive, and protect her. (Credit: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters) Hannan Iskandar gets ready to drive her auto in her neighbourhood (Credit: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters) Sabika Habib adjusts the mirror of her vehicle while she is on her way to Bahrain. A Saudi government statement released on Saturday said that the activists had been arrested on charges that included "suspicious contact with foreign parties", without naming them.
Rights group Amnesty International has hailed the end of the driving ban.
Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, which is the authorised distributor for Toyota cars in Saudi Arabia, said it had deployed nearly 100 female front-line staff in their showrooms to advise women who are looking for a new motor.
But she told CNN last month she had canceled the upcoming trip out of fear for her safety. "He will move the country (forward) faster", she said. And then there would be a defamation campaign against you, saying all sort of untrue things.
With state-backed support for the move, many Saudis now say they support the decision allowing women to drive and see it as long overdue.
But although women can now drive, the change came along with an intensified crackdown on activists who campaigned for the right.
"It is a very important step and essential for women's free mobility", Hana al-Khamri, author of the forthcoming book "Female Journalists in Gender Apartheid Saudi Arabia", said.
Human Rights Watch last week said the kingdom has arrested two more female activists and many others have been barred from travelling outside the kingdom, in what it denounced as an "unrelenting crackdown".
The kingdom is lifting its longstanding ban on women driving, decades after Saudi feminists began fighting for that right.
Euphoria was mixed with disbelief as women across the kingdom flooded social media with photos and videos of their maiden auto rides, with a heavy police presence in major cities.