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.


FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi, Saudi deputy minister of education

Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi
Updated 11 December 2018
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi, Saudi deputy minister of education

  • Al-Assimi obtained a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of West Virginia, US, in 2001
  • Al-Assimi has also served the Shoura Council for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2008

Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assimi has been the deputy minister of education since April 2017.

On Monday, Al-Assimi received the general supervisor of the Saudi Digital Library, Dr. Saud bin Musa Al-Salahi, and other members of the library staff at his office. The library recently received the Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Knowledge Award 2018.

The deputy minister congratulated Education Minister Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa on this achievement and praised the library’s role in provided world-class services to its users.

Al-Assimi obtained a Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of West Virginia, US, in 2001.

He began his career as a teacher. Later, he switched to administrative roles in the education department and served as a supervisor, director of education, a Shoura Council member and director of Prince Sattam bin Abdul Aziz University. 

From 2001 to 2003, he served as the director of practical program management at the Ministry of Education. Prior to that, he was curricula supervisor of national education at the ministry.

Al-Assimi also served as the assistant director general of educational research at the Ministry of Education from 2003 to 2004. Subsequently, he was appointed the director of education in Al-Kharj region and worked in that position from 2004 to 2005. 

He has also served the Shoura Council for two consecutive terms from 2005 to 2008.

Al-Assimi has also co-authored books for high school students. He presented a study on vocational training for teachers in the Gulf countries, and another study on the evaluation of training courses for the employees of the educational sector.