Amna Al Qubaisi, 17, has become the first woman to qualify for Formula 4 championship, one of the greatest motorsports events. A resident of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Amna was only 9-years-old when she decided to get into car racing. At the age of 13, she started practising on track. Although UAE is one of the most progressive Gulf countries, it is still only rare in the Arab countries for women to be riding a bike or driving a car or going out for work, to sum up, to do what they love doing.
Amna Al Qubaisi recently won the GCC Young Drivers Academy programme in Bahrain and also became the first Emirati woman to the Rotax Max Challenge. In a YouTube video by Khaleej Times, Amna says, “I want to show that women are capable of doing what a man can do in a male-dominated sport.” Her father Khaled Al Qubaisi, who was a racer himself has been a strong influence and motivation for her and supported her throughout. Khaled is also her racing idol and so are her coach, Luke Varley and popular car-racing drivers, Sean Edward and Danica Patrick.
Her hardwork and perseverance reflects while she is on the track and it is clearly evident from the fact that all of 17, she has qualified for world’s biggest motorsport championship. She would drive for the Prema team in the next season of F4.
Watch the Youtube video where she shares everything about her journey so far and how she loves what she is doing:
Not just on the track and in her real life, Amna is an inspiration on Instagram as well. Have a look at few of her inspiring photographs: