Meet Saudi Arabia's First Female Racer: Reema Juffali

BY Sara AlHumiri / Nov 13 2019 / 10:34 AM

History will be made on the international racing circuit

Meet Saudi Arabia's First Female Racer: Reema Juffali
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Saudi Arabia has been smashing milestones recently, and this is another big achievement for the Arab Kingdom. 

Reema Juffali, 27, is a graduate from Northeastern University and is the first Saudi female racer to be competing at the forthcoming international series later on this month. Reema was also "the first Saudi female race licence holder to compete in the TRD 86 Cup at Yas Marina Circuit" last Saturday, according to The National. Her competitive racing debut in October 2018 was not only the start of her professional racing career, it was also a hsitoric moment for every Saudi woman.

As a young female, competing in a predominantly male industry is no easy task, especially in a kingdom that just recently allowed women to drive. But Juffali isn't just driving, she's racing.

The role-model will be making history this November by competing at the Diriyah Circuit in Saudi. According to the Saudi Gazette, she'll be joining the official race for the Diriyah E Prix, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series, and she'll be acting as the VIP driver for the doubleheader-opening weekend at the UNESCO World Heritage site on the outskirts of Riyadh. It seems this motor-sport maverick has a busy couple of weeks ahead of her. 

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

Watch Juffali's IGTV video with Jaguar and 'ABB Formula E' to find out more about the racer and her upcoming competition. 

The next Lewis Hamilton may very well be this young Saudi woman.