Century-old Model T Ford is star of Saudi Arabia car show

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Exhibits included classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks that were on the Saudi roads till 1979. (AN photos by Bashear Saleh)
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The oldest Model T Ford of 1915
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Exhibits included classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks that were on the Saudi roads till 1979.
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Attendees take images and selfies by classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks that were on display.
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Attendees take images and selfies by classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks that were on display.
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Attendees take images and selfies by classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks that were on display.
Updated 24 February 2018
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Century-old Model T Ford is star of Saudi Arabia car show

RIYADH: Car lovers thronged the annual Addiriyah Classic Car Show on Friday to see a collection of more than 450 motoring icons stretching back to 1915.
Al-Diriyah Gov. Prince Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman visited the exhibition grounds at Bujeiri Park in the capital’s old Diriyah city, where he spoke with car owners, vendors and dealers at the show.
The event was sponsored by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Saudi Aramco and AlJazirah Ford Co.
Exhibits included classic, vintage, and antique cars and trucks that were on the Saudi roads till 1979.
Speaking to Arab News, the chief organizer of the Addiriyah Classic Car Show Nasser Al-Mashari said that 460 cars were on display. Car models ranged from 1915 to 1979. “The oldest on display was Model T4 of 1915,” he said.
Other rare cars on display included a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300, one of only eight in the world.
A car auction on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. will help car owners profit from the careful maintenance of their vehicles. Car accessories and spare parts will be available at a “swap meet.”
Al-Mashari recalled that the exhibition initiated under the patronage of the Diriyah governor in 2016 had a display of 425 cars.
Last year, King Salman attended the show and four of his cars were displayed, he said.
During the auction in last year’s event, a Mercedes 190 SL was sold for SR280,000 ($74,700).
One of the car owners, Sulaiman Al-Marzooki, told Arab News that he has kept his Lincoln Continental Model 1978 for display only. “It gives me great pleasure when people admire my car and the way I have maintained it,” he said.
Ghaneim Al-Khalaf, who has been using his vehicle since 1978, said he hopes to sell the car at auction for SR67,000.


Saudi businesswomen eye greater role in the economy with end to driving ban

The end of the driving ban is expected to help bring an economic windfall for Saudi women. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Saudi businesswomen eye greater role in the economy with end to driving ban

  • The historic move is a huge step forward for businesswomen in the Saudi Arabia, says businesswoman
  • A recent survey by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce indicated that transportation was a major concern holding Saudi women back from joining the labor market

The end of the driving ban will boost women’s financial power and allow them to play a bigger role in economic and social diversification in line with Vision 2030, prominent businesswomen said on Friday.

Hind Khalid Al-Zahid was the first Saudi woman designated as an executive director — for Dammam Airport Company — and also heads the Businesswomen Center at the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

She sees the historic move as a huge step forward for businesswomen in the Kingdom.

“Women being allowed to drive is very important; of course this will help a lot in sustainable development as the lifting of the ban on women driving came as a wonderful opportunity to increase women’s participation in the workforce,” she told Arab News on Friday, ahead of the end of the ban on Sunday.

She added that women in the job market are under-represented; they make up to 22 percent of the national workforce of about six million according to official estimates. Lifting the ban will help to take women’s representation in the workforce to 30 percent by 2030, she said.

“This is not just the right thing to do for women’s emancipation, but also an essential step in economic and social development as part of the reforms,” she said.

She said that there were different obstacles in increasing women’s participation in the workforce and other productive activities, and the driving ban was one of them. It was a strategic issue that needed to be addressed on a priority basis. With the issue resolved, it would help immensely in giving Saudi women better representation as they would help to diversify the Saudi economy and society.

She said that women could contribute hugely to the workforce and labor market as half of Saudi human resources were female, and unless allowed to excel in different sectors it would not be possible to do better, mainly because of restricted mobility.

A recent survey by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce indicated that transportation was a major concern holding Saudi women back from joining the labor market.

Nouf Ibrahim, a businesswoman in Riyadh, said: “It will surely boost female economic participation and help increase women’s representation in the workforce immensely. It will also help to reduce the overall national unemployment rate as most of the unemployed are women and many of them are eligible as university graduates.”

She echoed the opinion that the move would help to bring an economic windfall for Saudi women, making it easier for them to work and do business, and thus play a bigger and better role that would help economic and social diversification in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

“Being able to drive from Sunday onwards after the ban is lifted will be a wonderful experience. Earlier we were dependent on a male family member and house driver to take us to workplace, to the shopping center, school or other required places for some work, now we can drive and that will allow active participation in productive work,” Sulafa Hakami, a Saudi woman working as the digital communication manager with an American MNC in Riyadh, told Arab News.

“Saudi women can now share effectively the bigger and better responsibilities,” she said.