Words and Photos: Dom Granger
Leaving my hotel, I’m a bit nervous. I’m jumping in an Uber on my own, in a country that I don’t know much about, going to a place I also don’t know.
Perhaps it’s also because I’m on an assignment that is very dear to me, I’m in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and my destination is called Flagboxing Gym. It is the first and only boxing gym for women in Saudi and I am going there to meet with Halah Alhamrani, the founder and main coach.
I don’t even have an address for the place: “Grey building, wooden door. Come alone, no men allowed in during classes” she tells me over Whatsapp. I’m buzzing with anticipation, clutching my big photo backpack. I must have a worried look as my driver tells me he will wait until I get inside. I ring, the door opens almost instantly.