Saudi Arabian women compete behind the wheel for the first time

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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
Updated 01 September 2018

Saudi Arabian women compete behind the wheel for the first time

JEDDAH: Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall.
The Petromin sponsored championship began in August to encourage women’s participation in motorsports by giving them an outlet to new experiences in the Kingdom.
The 22-year-old won the race after overtaking her closest rival in the fifth lap.
As Al-Amari received her Petromin trophy and a cash prize of SR5,000 ($1,350), her competitors cheered for her — the championship marks a victory for all women in the Kingdom.
“What I took from this championship is that nothing is impossible,” Al-Amari told Arab News.
“The other racers are on an extremely advanced level, and the competition was high and intense; it really was not an easy win.”
When she is not racing, Al-Amari studies mechanical engineering in Alfaisal University in Riyadh. Due to her major, she is often working on projects to develop and build racing cars and solar vehicles.
Al-Amari hopes to see Saudi women competing not only in karting but Formula One championships.
The Petromin Female Karting Championship was also supported by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). Vice-chairman Abdullah Khashab and the first female board member, Aseel Al-Hamad, watched the championships.
“I’m so happy and proud to see a new generation of women in motorsports; these young women are shaping the future,” Al-Hamad said.
“To me, they’re all champions, and without them, we wouldn’t be having the first women championship.”
As the face of female motorsports in Saudi Arabia, Al-Hamad was entrusted to present one of the awards.
“I’m excited to just watch them racing; that in and of itself is a great achievement. This can only be the beginning of a bright future for women in motorsports,” she said.
Enas Hamza and Lamia Al-Hussail placed second and third, respectively.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.