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.


Russia to grant 300 entry visas for five years to Saudi business owners

Updated 22 November 2018
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Russia to grant 300 entry visas for five years to Saudi business owners

  • Russia has invited Saudi investors to participate in the 5th international Exhibition Arabia-EXPO in Moscow on April 8-10, 2019

RIYADH: In a major boost to enhance economic cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Russia will grant 300 entry visas for five years to Saudi business owners and companies, the Russian-Arab Business Council has announced.

The announcement was made during the meeting at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) between Sami Al-Obaidy, chairperson of CSC, with Tatiana Gvilava, director of the Russian-Arab Business Council.

On reciprocating those visas, Gvilava expressed the hope that there would be a similar step from the Saudi side to grant Russian employers multiple visas to explore investment opportunities in the Kingdom and to establish business partnerships with their fellow Saudi employers.

Gvilava praised the efforts of the Russian-Arab Business Council, which works under the umbrella of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote trade relations between Russia and the Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia.

Al-Obaidy praised the strong relations between the Kingdom and Russia, which are witnessing significant progress, and stressed their keenness to activate the Joint Business Council in order to benefit from the investment opportunities available in both countries.

During the meeting, the Russian side also invited Saudi investors and the business community to participate in the 5th international exhibition Arabia-EXPO, to be held in Moscow on April 8-10, 2019, and to enter into partnerships with their Russian counterparts for better coordination.

Gvilava noted that the exhibition aims to promote trade and economic cooperation between Russia and the Arab world, in addition to shedding light on investment opportunities and areas of trade partnership between the two sides.