Riyadh: In another first for Saudi women, Amal bint Faisal has become the first women to obtain a jockey license after passing the test and standards required to gain a license to race, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Amal has obtained the jockey’s license from the Jockey Club in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after passing the test appointed by the committee authorized to grant this license. She is now able and ready to participate in the official races.
The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, October 15, 2022, took to Twitter and Congratulated Amal.
“Special congratulations to Fictional Amal Bint Faisal On the occasion of her obtaining a horse’s license from the #Horseracing_Club, we wish her success,” Saudi Jockey Club tweeted.
Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, the Chairman of the Horse Race’s Club, took to Twitter and wrote, “After the first Saudi female trainer, Sarah Al-Qahtani, we celebrate today again Amal Bint Faisal as the first Saudi cavalry to obtain a horseman’s license.”
“This comes as a step to further empower women in the equestrian field and enhance the development of the system within the framework of the rational leadership’s efforts to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and the participation of women in various fields,” he added.
The license is granted when participants pass the assigned tests according to an internationally recognized mechanism, so that the holder is as professional as possible to keep up with the racing power. It includes several special tactics and techniques according to a set of rules and regulations.
It is worth noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recent years has instituted reforms to enhance women’s participation in economic development, including unifying the retirement age for both sexes, and working on eliminating gender discrimination in terms of wages, job type, field, and working hours.
The past few years have witnessed significant growth in the rate of Saudi women’s participation in the labor market.
Three years ago, the participation rate of Saudi women was 20.5 percent, then it rose rapidly to 33.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2022.