Warum Frauen in Saudi-Arabien so gerne Autodrom fahren

„Joudi al-Omeri drove in circles. And when cars came in her direction, she swerved. These were electric bumper cars, but in Saudi Arabia, the ride doesn’t always live up to its name. ‚I come here to drive,‘ said Ms. al-Omeri, a 27-year-old homemaker still giddy from the roughly five-minute, mostly crash-free ride in her red-and-green two-seater. ‚It’s much better than bumping against others,‘ she adds. At the weekly ladies-only night at the Al Shallal Theme Park in the coastal city of Jeddah, women discard head scarves and head-to-toe black gowns to reveal the latest trends – ripped jeans, tank tops, and tossed-to-the-side ’80s-style hair. For many of them, the biggest draw of the amusement park isn’t the few hours of fashion freedom. Instead, they go there to get behind the wheel – even a bumper-car wheel – in a country that bans female drivers.“

(Wallstreet Journal: „Saudi Arabian Women Love Bumper Cars (But Not for Bumping)“)

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