Formula One is considering holding a race in Saudi Arabia, a new report finds. However, several hurdles must be cleared before Saudi Arabia, a country known for human rights violations, could get a race in the world’s top tier of racing. Sources confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday that officials from F1 have held top-level discussions with Saudi Arabia about holding a race there as soon as 2021. F1 has also reached out to team bosses for input on the possibility of a race in Saudi Arabia. To be seriously considered for a stop on the racing calendar, F1 and its 10 participating teams are seeking assurances from Saudi Arabia on issues like freedom of the press, gender equality, and human rights. Saudi Arabia only last year lifted a ban on women drivers, and the country received international backlash in late 2018 after it was revealed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi operatives. Talks are also not a sign of a guaranteed F1 race. The report noted F1 regularly … [Read more...] about Could Formula One race in Saudi Arabia?
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Female Uber drivers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can now opt to pick up women passengers exclusively as part of a new feature rolled out by the ride-hailing company. CNN Business reports that Uber has introduced a new feature dubbed “Women Preferred View” in Saudi Arabia. The feature has been introduced following local research in the region where the majority of prospective female Uber drivers said they were only interested in transporting other females. “This newly introduced feature will open new doors and opportunities for women as Uber driver-partners, while being conscientious of local cultural norms,” general manager of Uber Middle East and North Africa, Abdellatif Waked, said. Saudi Arabia famously lifted its ban on females driving last June, and the company has presented itself as an innovative employer for women in the kingdom. “The women’s preferred feature was designed specifically for Saudi Arabia based on extensive research done to … [Read more...] about Female Uber Drivers In Saudi Arabia Can Request To Have Only Female Passengers
Just six months after the country lifted its ban on female driving, several women race-car drivers will participate in a Formula E test session on the Saudi Arabian streets. The test will happen right after the Formula E race in the city of Ad Diriyah on Dec. 15, and at least seven women will drive in it. Formula E, an all-electric racing series that’s only a few years old yet has manufacturers flocking to it to test their electric technology in harsh racing conditions, will also have women drivers flocking to it—for at least one day, that is. Seven of the listed 22 spots for Formula E’s first in-season test of the year in Ad Diriyah next month are women, and a Formula E announcement said two other teams are looking to book female drivers for the test as well. The women currently on the list include Sauber Formula One test driver Tatiana Calderon, Formula 4 driver Amna Al Qubaisi, British Formula 3 winner Jamie Chadwick, Supercars driver Simona de Silvestro, BMW … [Read more...] about At Least Seven Women Will Do Formula E’s Test Session in Saudi Arabia Next Month
The women of Saudi Arabia have been under a strict no-driving ban for the last 61 years but, thanks to a decree by King Salman, they’re back behind the wheel. Getting to that point was not easy, however. Leading up to the ban’s repeal, female activists spent years driving against the law in protest and speaking out for their right to do so. Among them was prominent women’s rights activist and retired professor Sahar Hasan Nasif, who was arrested in 2013 after posting a video of herself driving. Ford, which has taken an interest in the cause, promised her a new Mustang after it was announced Salman would give women the right to drive and apply for a license without a male guardian. The new laws came into effect on June 24th, and Ford shipped the vehicle to a dealership in Jeddah. Nasif tweeted previously that the Mustang was her favorite vehicle and that she was excited to purchase a yellow example when the time came, prompting Ford to give her one on … [Read more...] about Ford Promoting Female Drivers in Saudi Arabia, Gifts Mustang GT to Activist (As Others Remain Jailed)
Women in Saudi Arabia will be permitted to drive in the state from June 24, ending a decades-long ban on females taking to the road. Saudi Arabia’s director of General Department of Traffic, General Mohammed Bassami, made the announcement on Tuesday, some eight months after the plan was first announced. The government says that any women 18 years of age and older will be able to apply for a driver’s license. A host of driving schools for women have been opened up in five cities throughout Saudi Arabia. Those teaching a generation of females to drive in the kingdom will include Saudi women with international driving licenses, Gulf News reports. Female residents with licenses obtained abroad will be able to apply for a Saudi license through a distinct process. The man behind the lifting of the ban is 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and it is just part of his push to open the conservative kingdom to the world, boost its economy, and reduce the nation’s … [Read more...] about Women In Saudi Arabia Can Start Driving From June 24