Saudi Arabia’s first female race car driver is speeding into the history books

Reema Juffali is one of three women in the GCC with a racing license
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Saudi Arabia’s first female race car driver is speeding into the history books

Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on women drivers last year, and now professional race car driver Reema Juffali will make history as the first Saudi woman to competitively race in the kingdom.

Taking place this November, the race around Diriyah Circuit will see Reema compete in her home country for the first time, as a VIP driver during the opening weekend of the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy.

She made her official racing debut in October 2018, and has competed in the F4 Championship in the UK, the MRF Challenge in India and at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

She is only one of three women in the GCC with a racing license, joining Emirati race car driver, Amna Al Qubaisi, and Nahla Al-Rostamani, the UAE’s first female F3 driver.  

And taking to Instagram, she shared that she hopes other Saudi women and girls will be inspired to pursue a career in racing. 

"To be the first Saudi woman to drive in an international race series back home is something that I never imagined... hopefully we'll get a lot of girls and women to start thinking about racing," she said.

"There's no limit to the kind of career path that you want to take.”

 Photos: Instagram