Razan Al Ajami is the first woman in Saudi Arabia to obtain a skydiving license. She had trained for and earned her freestyle skydiving license in UAE, where the sport is quite popular – but she had first gotten a taste for the sport in the kingdom.
She told a local media outlet, “I first fell in love with skydiving when I tried it a few months ago at an event organized by the Ministry of Sport. I figured, why not give it a shot, so I got professional training and did three jumps before realizing that this is what I want to do.”
Now pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional skydiver, she conveyed her initial fears and with a number of training sessions and determinations, she was able to overcome them and now enjoys jumping out of planes, as she stated, “At first, the feeling of the wind on your face and your body floating in the air is frightening, but once you get used to it, you’ll want to leap out of a plane once more.” Al Ajami also has goals to “create a team that will represent Saudi Arabia.”
As Razan went on to pursue her skydiving license, she realized that the kingdom is lacking in local avenues for skydiving, and is hoping that there will be facilities available in Saudi Arabia in the near future as she added, “I’m glad to be one of the few licensed Saudi skydivers and hope that this sport will become more well-known in the near future. Freestyle skydiving is not a widespread sport in Saudi Arabia, and I had to travel to other locations, like Dubai, to practice it.”
The young thrill seeking skydiving enthusiast, Al-Ajami, has been encouraging Saudi women to try the sport, and conveyed that her ultimate dream is to represent Saudi Arabia while competing at the skydiving world championship. She wants to make a mark in history and make Saudi Arabia a global hub for skydiving. As she is striving to start the country’s first skydiving club and form a women’s team, she says the lack of a Saudi women’s team is what prevents her from competing abroad.