Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ move supports women driving

Updated 14 May 2018
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Abdul Latif Jameel Motors’ move supports women driving

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors has unveiled an initiative to support women’s driving schools across Saudi Arabia.

The company will provide 500 specially adapted vehicles ahead of the launch of women’s driving later this year. The driving schools, approved by the General Directorate of Traffic, will open in the coming weeks.

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors will also provide maintenance, spare parts and technical support to all vehicles as part of the partnership.

The partnership, called Together from the Start, was announced at an event in Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh.

The program was attended by Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami from the General Directorate of Traffic; Hassan Jameel, deputy president and vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel; and Nobuhiko Murakami, CEO, East Asia, Oceania and Middle East Region for Toyota Motor Corporation.

Hassan Jameel said: “Allowing women to drive is a significant milestone for Saudi Arabia and our society as a whole, and we are delighted to be playing a part in the process. Women driving will ultimately give them more mobility in every sense — logistically, socially and economically. At the same time, it will have a positive impact on the country’s development in the long run, which is a key pillar of Saudi Vision 2030.” 

According to official figures, more than 20,000 women enrolled for driving schools in the first week of applications, with the number expected to rise exponentially in the coming months. As part of a broader agreement with the universities, Bab Rizq Jameel, Community Jameel’s job-creation initiative, will also be offering courses on women’s empowerment, small business development in the arts and culture space, as well as road safety initiatives.

The partnership aims to support the government’s drive to get more women into the workforce, contributing to the country’s economic development and diversification. Under Saudi Vision 2030, the government aims to increase women’s participation into the workforce from 22 percent to 30 percent.


Saudi law team gets right verdict in Kuwait ‘trial’

Updated 22 May 2018
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Saudi law team gets right verdict in Kuwait ‘trial’

A team from Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University’s law department recently finished second in an Arabic moot court competition held at Kuwait International Law School.
The academic competition has teams of students from different law schools acting as advocates, and making written and spoken arguments to simulate a criminal law case.
Arabic moot court competitions have been hosted annually by one of the Arab universities in the region for the past five years. Thirteen teams representing different Arab countries took part in the Kuwait contest.
Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University’s major competencies include communication in both English and Arabic in professional and social situations; the ability to use modern technologies to acquire information, solve problems and produce planned results; the ability to reason logically and creatively to make informed and responsible decisions; the ability to perform professional responsibilities effectively in both local and international contexts; and being able to work effectively with others to accomplish tasks and achieve group goals.
The core competencies are a required part of curriculum for all students during their first two years in the college program. These competencies are evident on and off campus through student interaction with faculty, staff and others. This enables students to be successful in their chosen field and to contribute to the development of their communities.
Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University, located in Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, is one of the largest private universities in the Kingdom.
The university aims at educating the “whole” person; it recognizes that success in the world depends not only on knowledge of a specific academic discipline, but also on a broader set of skill and abilities.