This Saudi Arabian Woman Is Breaking Barriers By Becoming The First From Her Country To Compete In Motor Racing

By on February 14, 2019

Only in June last year were Saudi Arabian women given permission to drive. Well, one of them has taken it to the next level. Meet 26-year-old Reema Al Juffali who is breaking barriers like no other.

In October 2018, she became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to take part in competitive racing. She has now gone one step further by competing in in the final round of the MRF Challenge.

She is originally from Jeddah. Reema did her education abroad before moving back. The racing bug had already bit her, and now it was a matter of taking the next step.

It’s been so funny as a story. I started racing quite late in life and the dream came later to me, to pursue racing after I studied and worked at a few things. My passion has always been cars and the racing came along. And after that, it was like I can’t avoid it (racing) anymore and I wanted to pursue it. So, when I moved back home, I had the time and opportunity to pursue racing. In October (2018), I had my first race in a GT 86 car in Abu Dhabi. I was happy with my performance as I finished in the middle of the grid. And then I won my first race in December. So, it’s been very quick, very fast with everything that has been happening. It’s been fantastic,” she said according to a report in Deccan Chronicle.

“Women started driving in Saudi in June last year and my first race was in October. So, it’s like okay, this is not just a big step for Saudi women, but we can also have this. I guess, I was in the right place and right time,” she added.

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