Heavy rains lash Riyadh

Updated 17 November 2013
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Heavy rains lash Riyadh

The Ministry of Education has suspended public school classes for Sunday Nov. 17 in Riyadh and neighboring areas due to heavy rains. 
The capital experienced heavy downpours Saturday night, with rains flooding roads knee-deep and causing traffic congestion. A heavy blanket of cloud enveloped the city skyline the entire rain before the downpours began.
Residents were happy with the change in weather and enjoying the onset of winter earlier during the day.
The following universities in Riyadh will also be closed on Sunday: Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University, King Saud University, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University and King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.
Kamran Khan, a resident in the Roudah district, told Arab News that many cars were stuck on the road due to the floods. A similar situation ensued in the Naseem and Najeem areas of the capital.
The Saudi capital had experienced light drizzles throughout the day, with lows of 24 degrees Celsius in the evening. Temperatures are expected to plummet further on Sunday. 


Road safety event for female drivers launched

The event aims to educate women about road rules and safety, and features cultural and educational exhibitions. (Shutterstock)
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Road safety event for female drivers launched

  • The event was held at Riyadh Park Mall in cooperation with the General Directorate of Traffic, the STC and other government entities
  • The director of Tabuk’s Traffic Department said it is preparing to issue 60 permits for new trainees who applied for licenses at the women’s driving school in the region

JEDDAH: A three-day recreational and educational event for women about driving cars was launched on Thursday by the director of the Riyadh Traffic Department, Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Kharsan, and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser.

The event was held at Riyadh Park Mall in cooperation with the General Directorate of Traffic, the STC and other government entities.

In his speech, Al-Nasser stressed the STC’s eagerness to support preparations to implement the royal decree allowing women to drive from Sunday. 

“This royal decree falls in line with the company’s initiatives and programs in the field of social responsibility,” he said. 

“The STC’s participation in the event focuses on the principle of safety first, and on raising awareness of traffic laws.”

The event aims to educate women about road rules and safety, and features cultural and educational exhibitions.

Tabuk to issue 60 more licenses for female drivers

The director of Tabuk’s Traffic Department said it is preparing to issue 60 permits for new trainees who applied for licenses at the women’s driving school in the region. 

The department has already issued 40 permits as part of preparations to implement the royal decree allowing women to drive, said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Al-Ateeq.

The process is divided into three categories: Women holding a valid license, those with expired ones, and women not holding any permit.

Women holding a valid license will undergo a test before being issued their new Saudi license, replacing their foreign one. 

Women with expired licenses will be trained for six hours, after which they will be tested. 

If they pass, a license will be issued immediately, but if they fail, they will be able to do four more hours of training.