At the age of 27, Reema Al Juffali drove her first official race in Riyadh this month. The event was organized by the Saudi International Automobile Federation. This is her second car racing appearance this year; her first was international appearance was at F4 British Championships at Brands Hatch in April. https://www.thenational.ae/sport/other-sport/reema-juffali-interview-taking-the-first-step-into-motorsport-is-the-most-difficult-1.785303
Unlike her idols Lewis Hamilton and Aryton Senna, she could not start car racing at the early years in Jeddah, where she grew up. Yet this did not stop her from fullfilling her dream to become a race driver.
After the ban on women driving was lifted in 2019, she participated in October of the same year in her first competitive racing at the TRD 86 Cup at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, finishing second and third respectively in both races in her category, making her the first Saudi female driver to pick up points in that series.
Al Juffali is from Jeddah, where she grew up with a passion for Formula 1. She is one of three women from the Gulf Cooperation Council who hold a racing licence. The other two are Amna Al Qubaisi from the United Arab Emirates https://amp.thenational.ae/sport/other-sport/emirati-amna-al-qubaisi-becomes-first-arab-woman-to-test-drive-a-formula-e-car-1.803471 and Aseel Al Hamad from Saudi Arabia https://amp.harpersbazaararabia.com/amp/article_listing/harpers/people/news/first-female-saudi-race-car-driver-aseel-al-hamad
She is ambassador of the Sean Edwards Foundation, named after a professional racing driver who was killed in 2013, which aims to improve driver and circuit safety.
Female sport has been constantly opening up since 2012 https://stepfeed.com/saudi-women-and-sports-a-slowly-improving-sector-4034#.Xdukbtl2DsM.mailto.
Below is a list of some Saudi female athletes who have made some significant marks in sport:
- Sarah Attar, runner and one of the female athletes competing at the London Olympics in 2012 https://www.on-running.com/en-ch/articles/q-and-a-sarah-attars-global-legacy-in-the-running-community
- Wojdan Al Shokur, wrestler and another female athlete competing at the London Olympics in 2012 https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/london-2012-wojdan-shaherkani-makes-history-competing-as-saudi-arabias-first-ever-female-olympic-8005090.html?amp
- Dalma Malhas, equestrian https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/meet-saudi-arabias-first-woman-sports-commentator-1.62343861
- Haila Alfaraj, first Saudi football commentator on Saudi TV https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/meet-saudi-arabias-first-woman-sports-commentator-1.62343861