As the first female pro go-kart drivers in the UAE, sisters Amna and Hamda Al Qubaisi are breaking barriers, busting myths and beating the boys. Inspired by their father—pro racer Khaled Al Qubaisi—the girls decided to get behind the wheel themselves. Now, at 17 and 15 years old respectively, they’re making history and winning championships.
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The girls’ father is Khaled Al Qubaisi, a professional racing driver who made history this summer as part of the first Emirati team to claim a podium place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race with third place in the LMGTE Am class.
Racing isn’t cheap, and the girls are already aware that they need to secure long-term sponsorship. They have already signed deals with health insurance company Daman, Abu Dhabi Racing and Mubadala aerospace company Sanad Aero Solutions.
They have also caught the eye of the Huawei Honor smartphone brand, which markets itself as “For the Brave” and tries to inspire young people in the region. The company has collaborated with the sisters on a number of occasions.