Saudi traffic cameras nearly ready for use in enforcing mobile phone ban while driving

Using a phone while driving is currently one of the main factors behind accidents. (AN photo)
Updated 06 November 2017
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Saudi traffic cameras nearly ready for use in enforcing mobile phone ban while driving

JEDDAH: The Traffic Directorate in the Kingdom said that it is almost done installing cameras that monitor drivers on their phone or who are not wearing a seat belt.

The director general of traffic in the Kingdom, Col. Mohammed Al-Bassami, told Al-Hayat that “using a phone while driving is currently one of the main factors behind accidents in the Kingdom, and may be the second after speed. Even if the causes are numerous, using a phone while driving remains the most dangerous one, and rates vary among regions.”

Al-Bassami said that drivers posting videos of themselves on social media while driving is considered “proof that they are using the phone while driving, giving the Traffic Directorate the right to give them tickets, as it is considered as a threat to public safety.”


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.