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First Saudi woman driver to race car

Filed on November 22, 2019
Reema al-Juffali poses in front of her car in Diriyah district in Riyadh. (AFP)

"The fact that I am doing it... is amazing," Juffali, clad in a racing suit, said

Sliding behind the wheel of a sleek electric SUV, Reema Juffali is set to blaze a trail in male-dominated motor sports as the first Saudi woman to race in the kingdom.

Juffali, a 27-year-old driver, will compete Friday and Saturday in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, an all-electric race in Diriyah, close to the capital Riyadh.

"The fact that I am doing it... is amazing," Juffali, clad in a racing suit, said.

Juffali, who hails from the western city of Jeddah and was educated in the United States, will participate as what organisers call a "VIP" guest driver, becoming the first Saudi woman to race on home soil. 

 


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