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Meet Peris Wangechi, The African Woman Named Dubai’s Best Taxi Driver

Isn’t this amazing? Who says you cant be celebrated for any type of profession you’re into?

Peris Wangechi,a 36 years old African woman set a record for women across the globe who work as drivers as she emerged the best taxi driver in one of the world’s most visted and beautiful country, Dubai.

Peris recieving  her award
Peris recieving her award

Peris has been in the UAE for over 10 years before recieving her prestigious and noble title last year.
She hails from Mukurwe-ini in Nyeri County, Kenya

The United Arab Emirates government, through Dubai’s police authorities, handed Peris Wangechi the award in August 2016 in recognition of her outstanding professional and safety record.

She was the first Kenyan to receive the annual recognition. It rewards taxi drivers for going through the year without any accidents, traffic offenses or demerit points on their licenses.

In an interview with Nairobi News, Peris said she has been in the UAE for over 10 years and a taxi driver with the Dubai Taxi Corporation for six years.

She said she hails from Mukurwe-ini in Nyeri County and is a single mother of one son, who lives with her mother in Nairobi, Kenya.

She added that they see each other often despite the distance between them. She said: “I am entitled to 60 days annual leave. During his school holidays he visits and I am in Nairobi every December.”

She expressed pride in her achievement, although her main challenge is having to wear the hijab at work in the Islamic country. Being a strong Christian, this is particularly challenging but she said she has learnt to live with it.

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