The first Women’s Car Club has been created in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, celebrating a year on the roads since the driving ban was lifted on June 24, 2018.
The first anniversary is a milestone for women across the country with almost 50,000 driver licences issued so far.
Central to the creation of the club has been Volkswagen enthusiast, Ammal Farhat, also known for being one of the first Careem captains in Saudi Arabia.
A single mother of two and a business owner who resides in the city of Jeddah, Ammal was always passionate about the equality of women and the car club represents exactly that.
“We were given the opportunity to drive a year ago and what a difference that year has made for thousands of women across Saudi Arabia. The Volkswagen Women’s Car Club unites us in a way that we never thought possible before,” says Ammal.
“Waking up in the morning, getting into the car and being able to go where we need to has been life-changing. My son had a bad accident two days before I got my driver’s license and I felt helpless as I couldn’t drive him to the hospital. Now that’s no longer the case and I can’t put into words what a relief it is knowing that if I need to go somewhere or get something done, I can,” she added.
A popular brand in Saudi Arabia, Volkswagen Middle East expects the club to grow. As new women get involved, the club plans to host frequent occasions, bringing families together and engage with women across the region and internationally.
Deesch Papke, Managing Director, Audi Volkswagen Middle East said, “Having the opportunity to meet up with like-minded women to talk about their passion for driving and simply their daily lives has meant that real, genuine friendships have been forged. The Volkswagen brand is all about bringing people together and car clubs like these truly are our heart beat.”