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.


Old Jeddah celebrates Saudi National Day in its own unique way

Updated 21 September 2018
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Old Jeddah celebrates Saudi National Day in its own unique way

  • Visitors were welcomed in a traditional Saudi way of welcoming guests through singing folk songs that include Arabic poetry.
  • The event also included an exhibition of the ‘Hijazi dances’ and ‘Haret Zaman’, which embodies the city of Jeddah during the last 80 years.

JEDDAH: A four-day event is to be held in Old Jeddah to mark Saudi National Day with activities organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, known as Misk.
The events, which kicked off in the Al-Balad area on Sept. 20 and run from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m, aim to highlight the most important historical monuments through displaying activities related to the Kingdom’s unification. Historical Jeddah is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The event will run until Sep 23. In all 22 cultural activities and entertainments have been organized.
Visitors were welcomed in a traditional Saudi way of welcoming guests through singing folk songs that include Arabic poetry. The songs were performed by Yousef Al-Zubairi, who has participated in many national events. He has been performing Hijazi folk songs for more than 13 years.
Yousef Al-Zubairi told Arab News: “I welcome the visitors so that they feel cherished by being here, especially when they come in large groups. I perform the Hijazi hymns called Majassat, it is a traditional folk song.”
The event also included an exhibition of the ‘Hijazi dances’ and ‘Haret Zaman’, which embodies the city of Jeddah during the last 80 years. An open exhibition of handicrafts and traditional dishes has also been laid on.
A number of famous Saudi media influencers attended the event including poet Adwa Al-Dakheel and singer Hisham Abdulrahman.
A 25-meter mural was created by a team of four Saudi artists to mark the day and express their feelings.
Faisal Arif, one of the organizers, said: “The mural contains many distinctive features that personalize the National Day including the new logo of the national day and many prominent symbols related to the Kingdom.”
Abdul Aziz Al-Andanosi, the founder of the art team and owner of Dhad art store, told Arab News: “The mural features parts of the national anthem and many other slogans such as NEOM and Vision 2030.”
A special space has been allocated to a group of talented painters and hobbyists to display their paintings that express their love and gratitude to Saudi Arabia.
Museum of historic items
A number of museums were opened to visitors as part of the event.
Abeer Bashmakh, a fan of Saudi history and archaeology, volunteers each year to spread the knowledge and civilization of the Kingdom to others, introducing visitors to the beauty of Hijazi heritage.
Bashmakh tells visitors about the history of the Hijaz and the historical items found in the Hijaz area, such as ancient Islamic inscriptions.
She told Arab News: “The existence of these jugs engraved in the house was considered as a sign of luxury as the age of the antiquities and collectibles is around 50 to 150 years old and it has inscriptions of the Umayyad period (661–750CE), all of which were discovered in the Arabian Peninsula or in the Hijaz.”
Fouad Bukhari and his rare collection of all Saudi Arabia’s paper and metal coins from the time of its first king to the present was one of the outstanding contributions.
Bukhari owns a private museum in his home containing a large collection of the most important and rare Saudi and Hijazi coins, as well as the first postage stamp created by the first Saudi state.
Bukhari said: “I am proud to participate today to spread the knowledge among the younger generation about the rarest currencies and stamps of the country.”
He added: “I have coins dating back to (1344) in the Islamic calendar (1925), the year in which the first coin belonging to the Saudi state under King Abdul Aziz was made. It does not contain the two swords and palm tree, as it was adopted to the Saudi currency for the first time during the rule of King Saud.”
Three soundproof pavilions were available for children and adults to sing the Saudi National Anthem and share them on social media platforms.