Meet the Litas: The Middle East’s all-women motorbike community

The social norm of a woman riding on the back of a man’s bike is changing fast, and The Litas might just have everything to do with it.
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Meet the Litas: The Middle East’s all-women motorbike community

Nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, nestled between the city’s stretching skyscrapers, ten women gather: leather-clad, gloves-donned, and straddling 1,200cc engines in the sweltering 38°C heat. Bringing them together is their burning desire to empower women through their passion for motorcycles.

Part of a global, all-female motorcycle franchise, the Litas Dubai was founded by mother of two and marketing director, Lara Tarabay Saab, to alter perceptions and help female bikers find each other and ride together as a sisterhood.

Forming the group as a support system in a male-dominated sport, Saab say, “My vision is to make our community of women bikers in the Middle East visible to the world. I don’t want them to think of us in stereotypes. Our culture dictates a few things for us. Typical lady behaviour wouldn’t be to be on a motorcycle, so it wasn’t easy at all.”

Adding to her expansive list of achievements, Saab is also the co-founder of The Litas Lebanon and is the UAE ambassador for the Women’s International Motorcycle Association and Middle East ambassador for the Women Riders World Relay (WRWR).

On course for Dubai in 2020, the WRWR is one of the largest global events for female motorcycle rides, created to raise awareness of women across all sectors of motorcycling.  With Dubai marked as the final destination in the 80-country tour, Saab and her posse are already holding information sessions for the event. “This is for women’s empowerment because models who pose on bikes are not lady bikers,” she says.

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