Giving up a career in the corporate world to pursue an
innate passion for drifting full time, Mubarak Al-Rumaidhi took a huge risk to
create a brand new career path for others to follow suit out of a simple
notion: Why follow a dream that isn’t yours?
Before Co-founding and organizing the
drifting community, Slide ‘N Glide, with a group of friends, Mubarak knew that
his dreams extended far beyond a career in banking. If anything, Mubarak saw a
future for the automotive sport in the Middle East, as the technique involved
with drifting is all about control and proficiency, which needed to be
practiced in a safe environment. From Slide ‘N Glide, his dream to initiate a
world of Drifting in Kuwait became a reality. This was followed by the creation
of Traction Off with his partner, a professional Drift Team that would go on to
participate in competitions and events in Kuwait and the entire region.
Once Mubarak let his competitive edge take
over, he began turning his dreams into realities. This started with the
Traction Off team competing in and winning the Red Bull Car Park Drift 2012 in
Jordan as a Kuwait representative while Mubarak’s partner won in Al-Khobar.
Wanting to prove to himself and the region that there is indeed a career in
drifting, Mubarak went on to conceptually direct and take part in NBK’s McLaren
campaign as the stunt driver in the campaign video. Accepting this project
alone is a huge feat, as Mubarak was emphasizing a rare opportunity for Kuwaiti
youth that usually doesn’t happen, nor is it even encouraged. The amazing
success of that campaign is a portrayal of his passion, and the start of a
brand new field in the local scene of motorsports in Kuwait and the region.
From becoming one of the premier stunt drivers in he Middle East, the future is
wide open for Mubarak, as he wishes to expand his career in the automotive
How would your mother describe
you in one word?
How would you describe your
mother in one word?
What is the most insane
question you’ve ever been asked?
Why do you want to quit your job?
What is the most spontaneous
thing you’ve ever done?
Driving a manual car at the age of 7
What word in the English or
Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
Where would you like to live?
What is your dream retirement location?
Fukushima, Japan. I don’t dream about
retirement since it doesn’t exist on my to-do list.
What is the first famous quote
that comes to your mind?
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The
most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A.
What animal best describes the
kind of partner you’d be interested in?
I never had a pet; you ask me something about
What do you miss about your
The freedom of driving recklessly without
If you could change your name,
what would you change it to?
How would you describe your
handshake in one word?
What is the toughest part of
I can’t accept unethical decisions, even if
it was in my favor.
Who is your favorite
What in the world do you least
What do you think is lacking
in the world, which if there was more of, would make the world a better place?
Why do you think most
girls/guys like you?
I’m a nice guy!
Finish this sentence:
“Happiness is a thing called…”
Being passionate about what you do for a