Saudi woman’s dream takes shape in the form of a black and yellow Mustang

Sahar Nasseif gestures next to her Mustang. AN photo by Huda Bashatah
Updated 11 July 2018
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Saudi woman’s dream takes shape in the form of a black and yellow Mustang

  • The ford Mustang is a great vehicle because it’s been around for five decades and it has inspired people
  • Today we stand here with her very own vehicle, the 2018 model

JEDDAH: Ever since Sahar Nasseif’s trip to the US, she wanted a Ford Mustang — and her dream car was handed to her at Al-Jazira Vehicles Agencies Co.
Sahar Nasseif, a retired English literature lecturer, and her family came along to celebrate this event.
“I was in Orlando and everywhere I went I saw the Mustang on the roads and in the parking lots,” Sahar told Arab News.
“When I came back the royal decree was out. I found out when my son called me and said ‘Mom, you can drive now.’ At first I said ‘Don’t be silly.’
“After that I was jumping up and down with happiness.”
Sahar was very particular about the car she wanted: A black and yellow convertible Mustang, the yellow and black symbolizing her favorite football team, Al-Ittihad. Later the official Ford handle followed her on Twitter and was able to make her dream come true, as they promised publicly in a tweet.
On July 9, in the handover ceremony, Sue Nigoghossian, the general manager for Ford communications, did the honors of handing the car over to Sahar.
“When the royal decree was issued, we heard Sahar in the news mentioning that now she would buy her dream car, a black and yellow Mustang, so it was only natural for us to give it to her. Today we stand here with her very own vehicle, the 2018 model,” Nigoghossian said.
“The ford Mustang is a great vehicle because it’s been around for five decades and it has inspired people. Everybody loves a Mustang.”


Key moments in the driving history of Saudi women

Updated 24 June 2019
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Key moments in the driving history of Saudi women

  • A Sept. 26, 2017, royal decree ordered the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia
  • Last April, Saudi racing car driver Reema Juffali made her Formula 4 British Championship debut in UK

Sept. 26, 2017: A royal decree orders the lifting of a ban on women driving in the Kingdom.

Jan. 11, 2018: The first car showroom for women only opens in a Jeddah shopping mall.

June 4,2018: The first driving licenses are issued to 10 Saudi women in the Kingdom, who exchange their foreign licenses for Saudi ones ahead of the historic day.

June 8, 2018: Laura Alho, otherwise known as Blue Abaya, is the first European woman to get a Saudi driver’s license.

June 24, 2018: The first day women are allowed to drive on the Kingdom’s roads. Many female drivers, including Shoura Council member Leena Almaeena, hit the roads after midnight. Traffic police hand out flowers to female motorists in the morning.

June 24, 2018: Aseel Al-Hamad becomes the first Saudi woman to drive an F1 car in a symbolic lap around the French Grand Prix circuit in Le Castellet.

June 27, 2018: Saramma Thomas, a nurse, becomes the first Indian woman to get a Saudi driving license.

April 6-7, 2019: Saudi racing car driver Reema Juffali makers her Formula 4 British Championship debut at Brands Hatch in the UK.