Edutainment shows how to teach Saudi women about driving safety

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A young women gets driving lessons during the Car Academy 2018, which was held at Jeddah’s College of Advertising, earlier this week. (AN photo)
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At the University of Business and Technology campus in Jeddah. (AN photo)
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Students attend a lecture at the Car Academy 2018, which was held at Jeddah’s College of Advertising, earlier this week. (AN photos)
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Young women attend a car driving lecture at the Car Academy 2018, which was held at Jeddah’s College of Advertising, earlier this week. (AN photo)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Edutainment shows how to teach Saudi women about driving safety

JEDDAH: An event — which featured a quiz game — held at a university campus illustrated how to introduce girls to safe driving before they take to the wheel for the first time.
The day-long event, called Car Academy 2018, was held at Jeddah’s College of Advertising, the third and most recent college to be established at the University of Business and Technology.
Khalid Al-Shohaib, a professor who lectures in advertising and communication at the college, told Arab News: “The event aims to make girls aware of all safety rules because, as you know, they will be driving soon.
“It is also for ladies to experience how to manage cars, not only as car, but as a whole engine from inside to outside.”
It proved popular with both sexes and it drew a large audience of males and females who want to know more about cars.
One of the sessions was a quiz game in which women students were tested on their technical knowledge of cars and highway safety.
A lecture on how to keep safe on the road was given by traffic department officers who covered car maintenance and spare parts.
Two female students, Ragdad Al-Rajhi and Bashaier Al-Maiman, presented their graduation project, a campaign to introduce driving essentials to women. Al-Rajhi told Arab News: “Our project aims to introduce cars to women from A to Z, including all the spare parts and safety rules.”
Saleh Al-Takrouri, JCA general subjects supervisor, told Arab News: “Students always work on advertising campaigns, including awareness projects about driving and safety while driving. Many projects were presented to well-known companies such as Uber to get them applied on the real world.”


Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 August 2018
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Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety

MAKKAH: King Salman received thanks from guests at Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for welcoming and supporting pilgrims. They also thanked him for hosting them so that they can perform Hajj rituals. 

The king’s guests praised the services provided for them from the moment they arrived in the holy lands. This underscores the depth of the Saudi experience in dealing with crowds and successfully hosting millions of pilgrims each year.

Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety.

“The expansion projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, as well as the readiness of all medical and security teams, constitute strong evidence of Saudi Arabia’s capacities and ability to organize and manage the crowds with every Hajj season,” he added.

Ismailov pointed out that Muslims represent 70 percent of the population in Tatarstan, and that it is the first country in the region to adopt Islam as a state religion since 922.

Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the grand mufti of Belgrade, in Serbia, said that King Salman’s hosting of pilgrims from all over the world continues a tradition of the leadership of this blessed land assisting and unifying Muslims. It continues the path of good and giving by the Kingdom’s leaders toward Islamic work in the world, accounting for its prestigious position in the Muslim world, he added.

Jusufspahic expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his great gesture that enables Muslims to perform Hajj easily and conveniently. He praised all services offered in the program, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Mohammed Amin, a professor from Ethiopia, who is making his first visit to Makkah, commended King Salman’s invitation to Muslims from all over the globe. He also saidthat the Ethiopian people were well aware of the financial and cultural support provided by the Kingdom.

The imam of the Central Mosque in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Khalil, expressed his admiration for the warm reception he and his delegation received upon their arrival, their speedy entry into the country and the journey to their residence.

Guinean Islamic preacher Mohammed Idris said the infrastructure and the scale of the preparations in Makkah reflect the tremendous efforts from all sectors there. “The Kingdom endeavors to develop organization and management of the Hajj season every year, a fact highly acclaimed among Muslims in Guinea, who consider Saudi Arabia to be the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

Professor Bassim Berniavorates, from the faculty of medicine at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, said he was happy he had the opportunity to perform Hajj for the first time in his life, and was eager to meet Saudi people, to learn about their customs and traditions, and to visit popular markets that reflect the historical richness of Makkah.

He added that the Bosnian people were grateful for Saudi Arabia’s support throughout history, which has enabled them to overcome obstacles and crises and achieve their aspirations in building a civilized and democratic nation.

Bassim, a professor of anesthesia at the University Hospital in Sarajevo, noted that the program helped to extend bridges of communication with the world. “The Bosnians became more familiar with the Saudis and proud of this cultural fusion in the holiest parts of the earth,” said Bassim.

Dr. Mekhtbakh, from the Sports Academy in Kyrgyzstan, said that by visiting the holy land he had achieved a life-long dream. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his generous patronage and keenness to host Muslims from all over the world.