Women in Saudi Arabia waited a long time for the ban on them driving to be lifted. When it did happen, in June 2018, there was much jubilation in the country and across the region. Making the most of that historic event is today’s new generation of Saudi women, notably Reema Juffali, the country’s first professional female racing driver, who is steadily making progress at an international level. Here are four things you need to know about Reema Juffali: The early years View this post on Instagram The final race weekend of the season is here! I can’t believe it’s almost over آخر سباق لهذا الموسم @suzanne_plunkett A post shared by Reema Juffali - ريما الجفالي (@reemajuffali) on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:45am PDT She completed her schooling at the British International School of Jeddah before being admitted to Northeastern University in Boston where she studied international affairs. After graduation, she worked in finance. As a child, she showed a lot of interest in cars and sports. Who is Sheikha Hanadi, and why do so many women admire her? Getting started in racing View this post on Instagram Unbelievable my first overall WIN I can’t believe it! Some great racing! I wouldn’t be up there without my team... Thank you guys for all the heart and effort you put in definitely a moment I’ll never forget ️ مو معقول أول فوز ذهبي لي كان سباق رائع! بدون فريقي ما كنت فزت... أشكرهم على مجهودهم من القلب لحظه لن أنساها طوال عمري @ymcoffical @adamchristo @dragonracing88 A post shared by Reema Juffali - ريما الجفالي (@reemajuffali) on Dec 15, 2018 at 8:41am PST With her education finished, the first step towards pursuing a possible career as a racing driver was to get her driving licence. She did this in October 2010, but she had to wait until 2017 to be issued with a racing licence. Juffali sat in a racing car for the first time in September 2018. She made her debut as a professional racing driver at the TRD 86 Cup at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi the following month when she finished second. That December, she secured her first win. Why is a Middle Eastern queen such an Instagram phenom? In April 2019, Juffali continued her progress by taking part in a competitive single-seater race at the F4 British Championship. Making further inroads View this post on Instagram Crossing the finish line at home لحظات الانتهاء من اول سباق في A post shared by Reema Juffali - ريما الجفالي (@reemajuffali) on Dec 20, 2019 at 6:08am PST In November 2019, she became the first Saudi woman to take part in an international racing series in her own country in the Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy, the world’s first electric vehicle championship promoting zero emissions. She also raced in the MRF Challenge in Chennai, India last year. This year, she is expected to compete at the 2020 Formula 4 UAE Championship. View this post on Instagram Currently recharging على الشاحن حاليا ⚡️ : @aklyazbeck A post shared by Reema Juffali - ريما الجفالي (@reemajuffali) on Dec 8, 2019 at 12:08am PST Juffali decided to enrol in a three-day course at the Skip Barber Racing School in Florida in 2014 to learn more about what it takes to become a professional racing driver. This experience motivated her to do what she could to realise that dream, and a 2017 meeting with Susie Wolff, at one stage a development driver for the Williams Formula One team, added fuel to those hopes. 4 things to know about Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan Eager to gain experience View this post on Instagram Great day with @apple driving buggies out in the desert. Watch the film, link in bio. يوم عظيم في البر مع ابل. شاهدوا الفيلم، رابط الفلم في البايو. #ShotoniPhone #SaudiArabia A post shared by Reema Juffali - ريما الجفالي (@reemajuffali) on Dec 4, 2019 at 5:28am PST Juffali loves travelling to different places to gain experience. She plays tennis, too. She is fond of exploring extreme sports if they involve water. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .