Starbucks opens its first all-female drive through in Saudi Arabia

Here come the girls…

Starbucks is causing a stir in the kingdom, as it has created Saudi Arabia’s first all-female operated drive through store. So, thanks to the latest initiative, you can get your cup of coffee and support a great cause.

Saudi Arabia’s coffee culture – which has always been cool – has just got a whole lot cooler. The new Starbucks venue is located on Coast Road, Eastern Province, and is just one of the many drive throughs that the company plans to open in Saudi Arabia.

Currently, women make up 20 per cent of Starbucks’ workforce in Saudi Arabia. In the future, the coffee company aims to expand its network in the country with more female partners.

Andy Holmes, President of Starbucks MENA at Alshaya Group, said: “This is an exciting time for our Saudi partners to lead our first all-female driven operation in the country as they set new benchmarks and progress in their career journey at Starbucks.

“Our first all-female Saudi partners operated drive-through store in KSA is a significant step towards creating more opportunities for women as we continue to build on the local female talent and empowering them in the workplace. As we continue to see a spike in more Saudi women joining the workforce in various sectors, we demonstrate active support to the kingdom’s focus on empowering Saudi youth and highlighting the role of women by offering access to wider employment and career opportunities.”

The mastermind behind Saudi Vision 2030 is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Vision 2030 aims to increase the number of women in the workforce from 22 per cent to 30 per cent.

And, since 2022 has also been declared as the Year of Saudi Coffee, this is just one more reason to enjoy a good brew.

Starbucks, Coast Road, Eastern Province. @starbucksksa

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