Nissan dominates Hail Nissan International Rally 2018
Nissan dominates Hail Nissan International Rally 2018
Race winner Essa Al-Doussary, Nissan Saudi Arabia’s official driver, gave an unforgettable performance in his Nissan Navara at the most important motorsports event in the Kingdom.
The second stage of this year’s rally was the longest in its 13-year history, at 354 kilometers. Although Al-Doussary faced some challenges, he exerted extraordinary efforts, winning by a margin of 8 minutes and 42 seconds at the conclusion of the rally’s 168.57-kilometer final stage.
Nissan drivers claimed the top 11 places. Second was Sami Al-Shammari in his Nissan Patrol Pickup, third was Ahmed Al-Shuahil, Muteb Al-Qnoon was fourth, Ahmed Al-Shaqawi came fifth, and Muneef Al-Salmani claimed sixth place, with a time of 10 hours and 13 minutes in his Nissan Patrol Y62.
Al-Doussary said: “This is my first time participating in the Hail Rally and I hope it is the first of many more. It was such a great experience. Being able to drive one of Nissan’s super cars, the Navara, made me very happy. It was a magnificent car. I only gave it maximum output on the final stage, during which I was challenged by the navigation systems, which delayed me a bit.”
Al-Salmani commented: “The Hail Nissan Rally is a great opportunity for aspiring Saudi drivers. I am very happy to have been part of it, and I’m very impressed by the strong performance of the Nissan Y62, so I’d like to thank Nissan for supporting me and supporting the Hail drivers.”
COO of Nissan Saudi Arabia Bader Al-Houssami said: “Hail Nissan Rally has proved itself a solid motorsport platform in Saudi Arabia and we’re proud to be the title sponsor. Hail Rally is a great platform to create champions, improve tourism, and convey the safe driving message across the Kingdom. We are very proud of this year’s results, proud of our drivers growing more skillful, and we look forward to improving more in the future.”
He added: “We will continue to support Saudi drivers, Hail Festival and the Hail Nissan Rally. We also look forward to the Hail Nissan Rally being included in the FIA cross-country rally championship calendar soon.”
Global Leadership Awards feature three Saudi winners
The 8th Global Leadership Awards (GLA), which took place in Kuala Lumpur recently, for the first time had winners from Saudi Arabia in two different categories and Saudi media and political analyst Khaled Almaeena as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Almaeena hosted the Malaysian Consul General Dato Mohammed Ali bin Selamat, and the two winners of the GLA, Sofana Dahlan and Hassan Khashoggi, along with Mohamed Rafeeq, CEO of My Events International Saudi Arabia, at his office in Jeddah.
Welcoming the guests, Rafeeq said: “When we disclosed the news of GLA Secretariat’s selection of Khaled Almaeena for the Lifetime Achievement Award for his achievements in media, expatriates’ welfare and women empowerment in the region, he just had one thing to say. I would also like to see some Saudi young men and women recognized at the GLA.”
Almaeena nominated a number of Saudis who have excelled in various fields, including two Saudis who won the GLA in different categories.
Recipient of the “Leadership Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship” award, Sofana Dahlan is a well-known lawyer, social entrepreneur and among the first three Saudi female lawyers practicing in the Kingdom. She is the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker and the founder of Tashkeil, a social enterprise that promotes creative entrepreneurs.
Hassan Khashoggi, who won the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, is vice chairman of the Khashoggi Holding Group, which was established in 2010. It is a leading private holding that invests in products, services and solutions for the energy and power sectors. It also invests in medical sectors, food, aviation and financial services for the real estate sector.
The event was organized by The Leaders International, a high-profile business magazine and is endorsed by American Leadership Development Association (ALDA), a US-based NGO which showcases leadership at large.
Achievements in more than 30 categories are recognized and honored with a unique award. The winners are selected by high-profile judges from all parts of the world. The event seeks to honor leaders for their exemplary contributions to global growth in economic and leadership development.
Since both the winners could not attend the event in Kuala Lumpur, My Events International Saudi Arabia had arranged for the trophies to be handed over to them by Malaysian Consul General Mohammed Ali bin Selamat in Jeddah.
The consul general told the award winners: “We hope that you attain further excellence in your respective fields. I hope this promotion of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia will flourish in the future.”
Khashoggi said: “Hopefully, for future GLA events, we will have more awareness of Saudi talent that is hidden in the Kingdom and we will recognize and reward them. Thank you, Dr. Khaled Almaeena and the My Events team for this honor.”
Dahlan said: “This award is a very important bridge between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia because it not only recognizes our achievement but also opens a dialogue and creates awareness about what is really happening in Saudi Arabia beyond the news.
“It is very important that through these kinds of awards and events, we are able to bring nations together and change negative perceptions.”
Almaeena congratulated the winners and said: “These are two very fine young people making a change. Where many do their work in the limelight, they are making a change quietly. We have always recognized people from the West and it is time to look toward the East too. There is so much talent here.”