Saudi Arabian driver Reema Al Juffali has become a trend-setter and broken barriers in her country.
In October 2018, 26-year-old Reema became the first Saudi woman to earn a racer’s licence and participate in competitive racing. She will very soon compete in the final round of the MRF Challenge.
This came on the heels of removing a ban on women’s driving in Saudi Arabia. Prior to this in June 2018, the Saudi government gave women the legal rights to drive.
#SEFAmbassador Reema Al Juffali, the first professional #womanracer from #SaudiArabia has had an incredible start to her career, and is quickly turning more and more heads! We can't wait to #follow her #raceseason this year! #WomeninSport #Racing #Motorsport #QueenoftheTrack #SEF pic.twitter.com/uTQr8tN3UP— SEFoundation (@SeanEdwardsF) January 15, 2019
#SEF are incredibly proud to be behind Reema Al Juffali, becoming the first Womens #ProfessionalDriver from #SaudiArabia, after her #podium finish at the #TRD86Cup opener at #YasMarinaCircuit.#Racer #Dubai #MotorSport #WomeninMotorsport #MakingHistoryhttps://t.co/4NF1EbWUZo pic.twitter.com/RnBQnMyR6A— SEFoundation (@SeanEdwardsF) November 4, 2018
"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 (racing)." - Reema Al Juffali to The Hindu
She went on to elaborate on her passion for driving and car racing.
"It started in college when I began watching Formula One and got familiar with racing. When I graduated, I gave myself a graduation gift with a three-day racing school in a Formula car.“It was an eye-filling experience.“That was the first time I was in a race car and that was the start of it. " - Reema Al Juffali to The Hindu
She is originally from Jeddah. Reema Al Juffali did her education abroad before moving back. She had become a fan of racing while studying Abroad, she decided to pursue it when she came back home.
Although Reema Al Juffali is being hailed as a change-maker, things have not been easy for her.
"When I started, I only thought about myself and didn’t realise how my whole country was behind me. I was so humbled and honoured to be that person.“Like everyone else, I have my own goals, my passion, I want to become the best racer that I can be.“And the fact that I can inspire others, it’s unbelievable. That would push me to do even more " - Reema Al Juffali to The Hindu
All the best to you for all your upcoming races, Reema. We will be cheering for you from India!
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