Juffali at Oulton Park, 2019
|Born||18 January 1992|
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy
Reema Juffali, also spelt either as Reema al Juffali or Reema Al Juffali (Arabic: يما الجفالي; born 18 January 1992), is a Saudi Arabian professional racing car driver who competes in the Formula 4 category. She is the first-ever Saudi Arabian woman racing driver and also the first Saudi woman to hold a racing license. In November 2019, she became the country's first woman racing car driver to take part in an international racing competition in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Early life and education
Juffali was born and raised in Jeddah. As a child, she took an interest in cars and sports. Her interest was deemed to be ironic as the country strictly banned women to engage in driving at that time. She completed her primary education at the British International School of Jeddah. Juffali pursued her higher studies on International Affairs at the Northeastern University in 2010.
After graduation, Juffali obtained a driving license in October 2010 as she passed her driving test in the US. She obtained her racing license in September 2017, after the women to drive movement successfully ended the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia that same month. Her debut race as a professional racer came in October 2018 and registered her major career victory in December 2018.
In April 2019, Juffali represented Saudi Arabia in 2019 F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch which was also her first appearance in a competitive racing event at the F4 British Championship.
On 22 November 2019, she became the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in an international racing competition in Saudi Arabia. She took part in the all-electric car race 2019-20 Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy as a VIP driver; the race was held in Diriyah, a city close to Riyadh. She is also scheduled to compete at the 2020 Formula 4 UAE Championship.
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