Second Edition of Rally Jameel Kicks-off on International Women’s Day
Rally Jameel, an exciting, world-class navigational rally for women, started its second year at the famous Elephant Rock in AlUla; the rally features challenging routes and breathtaking landscapes, providing a unique opportunity for women to showcase their driving and navigational skills in a supportive environment. It aims to promote gender equality and empower women in motorsports.
The Rally Jameel aims to get more women involved in motorsports and give them the tools they need to break gender stereotypes. The competitors will navigate through the desert terrain of Saudi Arabia, covering a distance of over 1,200 kilometers in four days.
On International Women’s Day, 82 drivers and their co-drivers from 25 countries competed for the title of rally champion.
Saudi Arabia’s participant and 3rd place winner in the first edition, Maha Al-Hamali, said, “I’m happy to be taking on this incredible journey again with fellow women from all over the world during International Women’s Day. This really is a testament that women have the courage and drive to take on new and challenging experiences—especially Saudi women who recently started driving and now have a strong presence in Rally Jameel. I wish all participants the best of luck, and let’s take on this beautiful journey together.”
This year’s rally also saw a rise in companies supporting more teams. This participation creates new opportunities for private sector companies to participate in motorsports as the rally develops new drivers and navigators and prepares them for future competitions.
Munir Khoja, Managing Director of Marketing Communications at Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, expressed his delight at the incredible success of Rally Jameel “As we prepare for this incredible adventure, we are overwhelmed by the interest participants are showing. We had 68 participants, consisting of drivers and their co-drivers from 15 nationalities, in our inaugural edition. Today we have 82 participants from 25 nationalities, exceeding our expectations. More importantly, it is an inspiring testament to our efforts to support Saudi Arabia’s vision to empower women. On behalf of Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, we thank our partners, organizers, and sponsors who made this event a reality.”
An Australian participant, Sally Kay, said, “I’m very excited to take on the rally, and being here in beautiful ALULA is just breath-taking. I have met with fantastic women participating in the second edition of the rally, and I want to take this opportunity on International Women’s Day to say to all women just to be themselves, do their best, and keep moving forward. I’m grateful to the organizers for inviting me to be part of this exciting women-only rally, this is my fourth time in the Kingdom, and I love it.”
The rally is not just about the competition but also about empowering women and promoting gender equality in Saudi Arabia. It’s a great opportunity for participants to showcase their talents and inspire other women to pursue their dreams.