Saudi driver Dania Akeel. Photo: Reuters
Saudi driver Dania Akeel. Photo: Reuters
Middle East

As a Saudi woman at the wheel in the Dakar rally, Dania Akeel steers careful course

  • Akeel is one of two Saudi women competing in 2023 race and one of only 31 women among 790 competitors
  • But she is vulnerable to accusations she is part of a ‘sportswashing’ campaign, a strategy of using sports as a distraction from human rights controversies

Saudi driver Dania Akeel. Photo: Reuters
Saudi driver Dania Akeel. Photo: Reuters
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