Women bik­ers ride to free­dom

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - An­gel Te­sorero

dubai — It’s the 21st cen­tury and rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles is not about gen­der is­sues any­more. This is the un­der­ly­ing mes­sage two women rid­ers — an Emi­rati and a Bri­tish na­tional — are try­ing to con­vey as they lead the charge for a brand new lo­cally-pro­duced travel show, ti­tled ‘Open Road’, pre­mier­ing in Fe­bru­ary on Fox Life.

Emi­rati Chan­tal Asaad, 30, and Bri­ton Cather­ine Hec­tor, 34, said: “Us be­ing women should not be an ques­tion. We want to bring our view­ers to var­i­ous places pre­vi­ously un­seen. We want to share with them the ex­cite­ment of be­ing free on the road, en­joy­ing na­ture, meet­ing dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple, tast­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of food and im­mers­ing in var­i­ous cul­tures.” The duo said they don’t mind get­ting grease un­der their fin­ger­nails or hold­ing a span­ner in their hand.

It is the bond over shared in­ter­ests on the open road that will keep them go­ing, they said.

Ac­cord­ing to the show run­ner, ‘Open Road’ is an un­scripted travel doc­u­men­tary, span­ning three un­spec­i­fied coun­tries in the re­gion for the first sea­son and sub­se­quent episodes will take Chan­tal and Cather­ine to other parts of the world.

an­gel@khalee­j­times.com

dubai — Meet two women bik­ers — an Emi­rati and a Bri­tish na­tional — who will lead us to an open road jour­ney to ex­pe­ri­ence the tastes and sound, vis­tas and var­i­ous cul­tures while dis­cov­er­ing some hid­den gems across the re­gion on their mo­tor­cy­cles.

Emi­rati Chan­tal Asaad, 30, and Bri­tish na­tional Cather­ine Hec­tor, 34, will host a brand new lo­cal­lypro­duced travel show, ti­tled Open Road, pre­mier­ing in Fe­bru­ary on Fox Life. Ac­cord­ing to pro­ducer Alex El Chami, the show is an un­scripted travel doc­u­men­tary, span­ning three un­spec­i­fied coun­tries in the Mid­dle East through the eyes of two women liv­ing in Dubai as they bring us the dif­fer­ent facets of the re­gion up close and per­sonal.

But make no mis­take: Al­though there might be per­cep­tions and taboos for women to ride mo­tor­cy­cles, the duo as­serted that the show should not be boxed in gen­der is­sues. While both of them praised the re­cent vic­tory of women in Saudi Ara­bia who were al­lowed to ob­tain a driver’s li­cence in the king­dom by June 2018, they said be­ing hosts of the up­com­ing show is be­yond the ques­tion of gen­der.

“I want to in­spire and mo­ti­vate other peo­ple to love their life and pur­sue their dreams but the show is not about us (hosts) be­ing women,” Chan­tal told Khaleej Times. “We want to bring the peo­ple to var­i­ous places pre­vi­ously un­seen. We want to share with them the ex­cite­ment of be­ing free on the road, en­joy­ing na­ture, meet­ing dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple, tast­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of food and im­mers­ing in var­i­ous cul­tures,” she added.

“Us be­ing women should not be a ques­tion,” added Cather­ine. “We want to show how lo­cal biker com­mu­ni­ties live — what they do; how they be­have and in­ter­act.”

We want to share the ex­cite­ment of be­ing free on the road, en­joy­ing na­ture, meet­ing dif­fer­ent types of peo­ple and tast­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of food.” Chan­tal Asaad, Emi­rati

Chan­tal and Cather­ine said they don’t mind get­ting grease un­der their fin­ger­nails or hold­ing a span­ner in their hand. It is the bond over a shared in­ter­est in com­pan­ion­ship and ad­ven­ture in the open road that will keep them go­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the show run­ner, pre-pro­duc­tion of the show will be in Oc­to­ber and prin­ci­pal shoot­ing will be­gin in De­cem­ber with post-pro­duc­tion in Jan­uary to be ready for tele­cast in Fe­bru­ary. The pi­lot episode of Open Road will fo­cus on the Mid­dle East and sub­se­quent episodes will bring

Us be­ing women should not be a ques­tion. We want to show how lo­cal biker com­mu­ni­ties live — what they do; how they be­have and in­ter­act.” Cather­ine Hec­tor, Bri­tish na­tional

Chan­tal and Cather­ine to other parts of the world.

Chan­tal and Cather­ine said they will not have an ex­act route and will leave their jour­ney and dis­cov­ery open to spon­ta­neous and ran­dom op­por­tu­ni­ties as life and trav­el­ling are not al­ways easy any­way.

“Once we are on a cross­road, we will de­cide whether we take left or right. It will be an un­planned trip but we will have one goal in mind and that is to meet peo­ple, learn their cul­ture, taste their food and en­joy their com­pany,” they con­cluded.

an­gel@khalee­j­times.com

GO­ING PLACES: Chan­tal Asaad and Cather­ine Hec­tor

Open Road. Photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Chan­tal Asaad and Cather­ine Hec­tor, will ride across three un­spec­i­fied coun­tries in the Mid­dle East for the pi­lot episode of the show, Fu­ture episodes will see them travel through other parts of the world. —

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