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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

The Salute At The End

The Salute At The End

The Dakar Rally is on in

Saudi Arabia , and is, as it is every year, an absolute test of the human will through some of the most extreme, barren, and beautiful land on Earth. These testing areas produce very human moments. Take a look at, for instance, the salute at the end of this video.

As you can see, the little buggy noses in over the edge of a dune, endos, and keeps going as if nothing...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Nov 25, 2019. 20 comments

Saudi Arabia Races To Change The Subject

Saudi Arabia Races To Change The Subject

Yesterday, British driver Alexander Sims took home his first Formula E win for BMW in the season opener in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. It’s great news for Sims and a huge stage for one of the fastest-growing racing series in the world. But it’s hard to focus on motorsports when it’s clear that’s all just part of a whitewashing effort to help the country rebrand itself, even as it represses its...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 12, 2019. 5 comments

Reema Juffali Set To Become The First Saudi Woman To Race In An International Series Within The Kingdom

Reema Juffali Set To Become The First Saudi Woman To Race In An International Series Within The Kingdom

Women have only been legally allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia since

June of 2018 , but now that they are in the driver’s seat they are quickly been making up for lost time. Now, we can add Reema Juffali, 27, to the list as she sets out to become the first Saudi woman to compete in an international racing series in the Kingdom.

Juffali, already Saudi Arabia’s first professional female racer,...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Nov 11, 2019. 7 comments

Uber CEO: Mistakes Happen, Like When A Government Murders A Journalist Or Your Autonomous Car Kills Somebody

Uber CEO: Mistakes Happen, Like When A Government Murders A Journalist Or Your Autonomous Car Kills Somebody

Last October, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Istanbul by the Saudi government. His body was dismembered with a bone saw under orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia is Uber’s fifth-largest shareholder and the head of its sovereign wealth fund is a member of the company’s board. So what does

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi say about the killing?...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Oct 23, 2019. 7 comments

Saudi Women's Driving School Documents The Lives Of The Kingdom's First Female Drivers

Saudi Women's Driving School Documents The Lives Of The Kingdom's First Female Drivers

It’s rare that we have enough foresight to determine which moments in time will prove to be historical turning points for societal change. But when the kingdom of Saudi Arabia allowed women to begin driving in June of 2018, just about everyone could tell that it would be a moment that redefined mobility in the Middle Eastern country. And HBO was there to capture the first moments of it in the...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Oct 19, 2019. 20 comments

The U.S. Is 'Getting Out of the Mideast' By Sending 3,000 Troops To Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Is 'Getting Out of the Mideast' By Sending 3,000 Troops To Saudi Arabia
Foxtrot Alpha Tech and news from the world of modern defense.

The Trump Administration, determined to “get out of the Middle East” and its “endless wars”, is deploying 3,000 troops, including fighter jets and missiles, to Saudi Arabia. This being October 2019, the irony doesn’t stop there: the weapons the Pentagon is sending to protect the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would have difficulty...

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Kyle Mizokami Kyle Mizokami Sep 18, 2019. 23 comments

How Did Drones Take Out 5 Percent Of The World's Oil Supply?

How Did Drones Take Out 5 Percent Of The World's Oil Supply?
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

On September 14, some as-yet officially unknown perpetrators launched a complex attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. The attack was apparently carried out by drones, cruise missiles, or both. It cut Saudi Arabia’s oil exports by half, a big deal considering the country supplies 10 percent of all oil worldwide. Thanks to a...

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Max Finkel Max Finkel Aug 11, 2019. 22 comments

High Speed Train to Mecca Open For First Hajj

High Speed Train to Mecca Open For First Hajj

For centuries, the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has been a massive logistical undertaking. Pilgrims have long piled into buses for overland journeys from India, onto ships for crossings of the Red Sea from Egypt, and into specially chartered planes arriving at temporary outdoor terminals. This year, though, a new option is available. On the way to circle around the Kabaa, pilgrims can take...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Aug 07, 2019. 8 comments

Formula One In Talks With Saudi Arabia To Host A Race As Early As 2021

Formula One In Talks With Saudi Arabia To Host A Race As Early As 2021

It looks like Formula One might potentially have a new Grand Prix venue sometime soon. Saudi Arabia has been added to the lineup of prospective countries keen to host a race as early as 2021—and teams have already been asked for their opinion on the matter.

I can’t say that it’s a totally unsurprising move from F1, given that

Formula E has already successfully raced in Saudi Arabia and it...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Apr 19, 2019. 19 comments

Uber Feature Enables Female Saudi Drivers to Only Transport Other Women

Uber Feature Enables Female Saudi Drivers to Only Transport Other Women

Last June, Saudi Arabia ended its ban on women drivers—a fact that saw women getting behind the wheel of Ubers as well as personal cars. Now, Uber is enabling a new feature to let those female Uber drivers filter their prospective ride-hailers by gender.

The program is called Women Preferred View and is the result of months of research into female driver preferences, CNN Business reports. Uber...

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Alanis King Alanis King Nov 21, 2018. 14 comments

At Least Seven Women Will Do Formula E's Test Session in Saudi Arabia Next Month

At Least Seven Women Will Do Formula E's Test Session in Saudi Arabia Next Month

Just six months after the country

lifted its ban on female driving , several women race-car drivers will participate in a Formula E test session on the Saudi Arabian streets. The test will happen right after the Formula E race in the city of Ad Diriyah on Dec. 15, and at least seven women will drive in it.

Formula E, an all-electric racing series that’s only a few years old yet has

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Jun 29, 2018. 18 comments

Aseel Al-Hamad Drives A Formula One Car The Day The Saudi Ban On Female Drivers Is Overturned

Aseel Al-Hamad Drives A Formula One Car The Day The Saudi Ban On Female Drivers Is Overturned

Before the Formula One French Grand Prix at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Aseel Al-Hamad became one of the first Saudi women to drive a car to celebrate the end of the ban on women driving in the Gulf kingdom. And she did it behind the wheel of a 2012 Renault F1 car.

Al-Hamad is an interior designer and businesswoman. In France, she wasn’t subjected to the ban directly, but she wishes to represent...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Mar 27, 2018. 9 comments

Two Ford Mustangs Have Officially Laid The World's Biggest Patch Of Rubber

Two Ford Mustangs Have Officially Laid The World's Biggest Patch Of Rubber

A Ford Mustang just

can’t help raising a ruckus , can it? At least this time the egregious tire-shredding was for a good cause, instead of straight for an innocent crowd of bystanders.

The arbiters of amazing feats at Guinness have awarded AlJazirah Vehicles Agencies, Saudi Arabia’s Ford distributor, and AlJazirah Ford Racing with the official world record for “largest tyre mark.”

To...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Mar 10, 2018. 21 comments

Thousands Of Saudi Women Are Signing Up For Driving Lessons For The First Time

Thousands Of Saudi Women Are Signing Up For Driving Lessons For The First Time

Happy motherfuckin’ International Women’s Day, friends! Here’s some wonderful news for today: Women, who will

finally, legally be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia in June, are signing up for their first-ever driving lessons to prepare for the event. Saudi Arabia Agrees To Let Women Drive For The First Time Ever

By next June, women in Saudi Arabia will legally be able to drive—a long-sought...

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David Tracy David Tracy Mar 05, 2018. 19 comments

Watch This Saudi Arabian Highway Become A Raging Torrent In Seconds

Watch This Saudi Arabian Highway Become A Raging Torrent In Seconds

What happens when you combine dry soil, heaps of rain, and a low-lying highway? Well, the rain gets repelled by the dry dirt, and gravity sends it downhill toward the highway, ultimately creating a violent river in only a matter of seconds.

We don’t have much info on this video, but salehesam101 threw it up on YouTube yesterday, and wrote that heavy rains caused flooding in low-lying areas of...

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Michael Ballaban Michael Ballaban Feb 21, 2018. 18 comments

This Is The Motorcade The Saudi King Brings When He Visits America

This Is The Motorcade The Saudi King Brings When He Visits America

“Hello, yes, is this Mercedes-Benz? I’d like a million S-Classes please. Wait, no. A billion. A billion S-Classes. In black. Identical. Put whatever wheels you want on them. And make sure they got good suspension because they’re going on a plane.”

This motorcade is also going to be parked in a garage laden with red carpets.

Contact the author at ballaban@jalopnik.com.

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Tyler Rogoway Tyler Rogoway Jan 28, 2018. 24 comments

This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever

This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever

The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs and close to 70 kits to upgrade their existing F-15S fleet to the SA configuration. Just one part of this upgrade is the activation of Eagle’s outboard wing stores stations, which will expand the jet’s already heavy combat punch.

Update: Boeing reached out to tell us they’re marketing...

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Tyler Rogoway Tyler Rogoway Dec 15, 2017. 21 comments

Why Exactly Is A Saudi Arabian Airliner At Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport?

Why Exactly Is A Saudi Arabian Airliner At Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport?

In what is an unbelievably rare, if not unprecedented occasion, a Saudi Airlines Airbus A330 landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport today for technical reasons. The aircraft was empty, on a return trip from Brussels and it remains unclear if the stop was actually planned or part of an in-flight emergency.

The Airbus is said to be leased from a European company, and as such, it may have...

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Tyler Rogoway Tyler Rogoway Nov 28, 2017. 18 comments

Saudi Arabia Is Buying 30 Of These New Ukrainian-Built Military Cargo Planes

Saudi Arabia Is Buying 30 Of These New Ukrainian-Built Military Cargo Planes

Some good news came to

Ukraine’s famous, albeit struggling aircraft manufacturer, Antonov , today. Saudi Arabia has announced that they are going to purchase 30 of the company’s new AN-178 jet transports. This is the first military order for the type and the largest single order to date. Ukraine's Antonov Will Westernize This Huge Soviet-Era Cargo Plane

With Kiev’s relationship with Moscow...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Nov 11, 2017. 15 comments

No, Lebanon And Saudi Arabia Have Not Officially Declared War

No, Lebanon And Saudi Arabia Have Not Officially Declared War

Despite escalating tensions, a wave of political turnover on Saturday, and a tweet from The Jerusalem Post claiming Lebanon has declared war on Saudi Arabia, no official war declaration has been made—yet.

Here’s the tweet:

The tweet in question, posted this afternoon on The Jerusalem Post’s account, is a poor summarization of a quote from a Saudi Arabian minister, but it has been quickly...

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