Parking violations in Riyadh to be monitored electronically

Updated 17 March 2014

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.

Jeddah's Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors

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Jeddah's Kanz Al-Balad, Al-Ozwa Street Performance enthrall visitors

  • Kanz Al-Balad takes visitors on a historical journey through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Al-Ozwa Street Performance is an interactive play about a young man who is preparing for his engagement ceremony

JEDDAH: The 40-day Jeddah Season festival is currently underway, with the launch of a schedule of international shows and plays being presented for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

The festival, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, forms part of a major drive to boost tourism in the Kingdom.

Most of the festival’s events are taking place at King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah’s historical area, Al-Hamra Corniche and the Jeddah Waterfront.

Among the events is the Kanz Al-Balad scavenger hunt for families and children, with 41 shows lined up for the duration of the festival. 

Kanz Al-Balad is organized daily at Bab Jadeed from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and is aimed at helping participants learn more about Jeddah, interact with businesses, and improve their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Participants are split into teams, and are tasked with finding hidden objects or places with the help of clues.

Kanz Al-Balad takes visitors on a historical journey through Jeddah’s Al-Balad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For comedy and history lovers, Al-Ozwa Street Performance is a must. There are four 45-minute shows daily until the end of the festival.

The interactive play, set 100 years ago, is about a young man named Omar who is preparing for his engagement ceremony, and encounters a dilemma unrelated to his engagement.

He needs the audience’s help to get him out of the trouble he is in, and to have a problem-free engagement ceremony. Show timings are 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 10 p. m.

Raed Abuzinada, general supervisor of Jeddah Season, said the festival is part of a national initiative to promote the tourism sector, which is a major contributor to the Saudi economy.

Visitors buying tickets online for any of the festival’s events can secure an e-tourism visa at the same time, he added. The visa will be issued within three minutes, he said. Details are at