Parking violations in Riyadh to be monitored electronically

Updated 17 March 2014
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Parking violations in Riyadh to be monitored electronically

The Riyadh Traffic Department (RTD) has launched a new campaign to monitor and penalize parking violations using technologically advanced devices that can register violations electronically.
RTD, in collaboration with the High Commission for Riyadh Development (HCRD), have trained traffic officers on how to use the devices to register violators electronically.
According to a local report, the new ordinance will take effect soon and the starting point will be King Abdullah Road.
RTD announced in a statement that mobile cameras have been installed on the patrol vehicles to monitor parking violations on King Abdullah Road.
Monitoring screens have also been installed on the patrol vehicles, which will serve to transmit the information automatically to the RTD’s main monitoring rooms and will inform motorists via an SMS message of their violation.
Another advanced handset device will allow traffic officers to read the plate number and print the violation information in paper so that it can be placed on the vehicle’s front glass.
An intensive awareness campaign will be organized prior to the implementation of the new monitoring system, revealed a source in the RTD.
The RTD official said that parking violations adversely impact the flow of traffic in the city’s roads and has become a common practice among motorists. Citizens and residents have grown accustomed to parking their vehicles in “no parking” areas, especially in front of government offices and business premises. Vehicles parked in the wrong way create problems for local residents and create congestion, the official added.
The new campaign, titled “Riyadh Traffic Strategic Safety” program, is under the supervision of the Riyadh Supreme Committee for Traffic Safety and headed by Riyadh Gov. Prince Khaled bin Bandar and Prince Turki bin Abdullah, deputy governor of Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia to become ‘a tourism magnet’

Saudi Arabia has been praised for projects to enhance tourism in the country. (Supplied)
Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to become ‘a tourism magnet’

  • International tourism projects in line with Vision 2030 include the Al-Qadiya development to build the largest recreational city in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has won praise for a series of Vision 2030 megaprojects that “will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map.”
Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the UN World Tourism Organization, highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to develop its tourism sector during talks with Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Both sides discussed extending the partnership between the UN organization and Saudi Arabia to further strengthen tourism initiatives in the Kingdom.
International tourism projects in line with Vision 2030 include the Al-Qadiya development to build the largest recreational city in Saudi Arabia, and megaprojects such as Al-Ula and Al-Diriyah Gate to restore a UNESCO site.
The projects “will put the Kingdom on the world tourism map and help it realize its vision of becoming a major global tourist destination,” Pololikashvili said. 
He congratulated Al-Khatib on his appointment as SCTH chairman, and accepted an invitation to view the Kingdom’s latest projects and tourism events.