Reema Al Juffali — breaking barriers
Saudi Arabian driver Reema Al Juffali has become a trend-setter and broken barriers in her country.
Prior to end-June 2018, women were detained and arrested for driving a car in that country and three months after the ban was lifted, 26-year-old Reema became the first Saudi woman to earn a racer’s licence.
Passion for driving
In the city to take part in the MRF Challenge, Reema spoke about her passion for driving, the decision to take the plunge and her role as a role model for Saudi women. The 26-year-old said, “women started driving in Saudi in June last year and my first race was in October. So, it’s like okay, this is not just a big step for Saudi women, but we can also have this (racing).”
Tracing her interest in motor racing, she said, “It started in college when I began watching Formula One and got familiar with racing. When I graduated, I gave myself a graduation gift with a three-day racing school in a Formula car.
“It was an eye-filling experience. That was the first time I was in a race car and that was the start of it.
“Overwhelmingly it has been positive like 95-98%. The negative comments are like a needle in the haystack.”