Saudi Arabia increases speed limits to 140 kph on some freeways

Saudi security officer controls traffic in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in this August 30, 2017 file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Saudi Arabia increases speed limits to 140 kph on some freeways

RIYADH: New speed limits on some expressways will come into effect from Monday, affecting all vehicles.
The increased speed limit for cars will be 140kph, 100kph for buses and 80kph for trucks, the director of Public Relations and Security, Col. Sami bin Muhammad Al-Shuwairikh told Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Updated road signs will be installed where the new speed limits are in place and drivers have been warned to not exceed them.
The roads on which speed limits have been amended include the Riyadh to Al-Taif road, the Riyadh to Al-Qassim road, and the highway to Makkah.
Al-Shuwairikh cautioned motorists not to exceed speed limits and to strictly abide by instructions on signboards.
The Special Forces for Road Security said the new increased speed limit does not mean that motorists should drive at the maximum allowed limit.


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.