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Rally Jameel Puts Saudi Women Behind the Wheel

Saudi Arabia's first women-only off-road navigational rally gave drivers a chance to shine.

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Emme Hall

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These are the Bakhashab sisters. This year they participated in Rally Jameel, the first off-road navigational rally just for women in Saudi Arabia.

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Noor, the navigator, got her required driver's license two days before the start of the rally. 

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Here's driver Fawziah looking radiant behind the wheel.

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The sisters drove an Isuzu MU-X in the rally.

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Passing by Saq Mountain, rising 600 feet from the otherwise flat desert floor.

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Other favorite competitors were Zain Said and Nada Hamzah both from Saudi Arabia. The duo showed chutzpah by showing up in a full-size Ram 1500 and placed 17th.

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Manar Alesayi from Saudi Arabia and her navigator, Lauren Bradley from the UK, also made an impression for their can-do attitude and riotous humor. They took their Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to an 11th-place finish.

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In the end it was Dakar winner Annie Seel and Extreme-E driver Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky who took first place in a Toyota RAV4.

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The Bakhashab sisters finished 16th.

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Along the way some teams learned the hard way about approach angles.

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Other teams got a hard lesson in tires.

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