Saudi King Abdullah has, in a historic move, granted women in his country the right to vote and contest municipal elections. Thus, he has fulfilled the long-standing demand of Saudi womenfolk to have equal voting rights as permitted to men for voting and driving. Women activist who have been struggling to seek equal rights have rightly termed the royal decision as both historic and courageous. In addition to participating in the only public polls in Saudi Arabia, women would also have the right to join the Shura (consultative) Council, King Abdullah stated in his address opening the assemblys new term and also added that we refuse marginalising womens role in the Saudi society in all fields. King Abdullah is seen as a reformist and since he assumed power in 2005, there have been many changes. In 2009, he appointed Norah al-Fayez as Deputy Education Minister that was seen as a revolutionary development in Saudi society. These were the reasons that Saudi Arabia was spared a wave of protests rocking the region by which autocratic regimes in Tunisia and Egypt were toppled. Saudi Arab is seen in the Muslim world as a citadel of Islam. It is good to note that women have been allowed to start taking part in the electoral process from the next municipal elections that are to be held in four years.