FaceOf: Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, director general of the Saudi Traffic Directorate

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami
Updated 26 May 2018
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FaceOf: Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, director general of the Saudi Traffic Directorate

  • Al-Bassami holds a bachelor degree in security sciences from King Fahd Security College in Riyadh.
  • Al-Bassami served as director general for the Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Interior before his appointment as director general of Traffic Directorate on October 12, 2017

Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami, director general of the Traffic Directorate, urged people to confirm any news regarding women driving by checking the source and referring to spokesmen to get the facts straight. He denied statements published by some newspapers on Thursday.

He confirmed that women who have international licenses could switch their license to a Saudi one once preparations are complete. He also said that women without licenses have already begun to train in women's driving educational facilities and schools.

Al-Bassami said that the relevant procedures related to the implementation of the Supreme Court’s order to apply the traffic system and regulations to males and females alike have been clarified.

Al-Bassami holds a bachelor degree in security sciences from King Fahd Security College in Riyadh. After graduating, he was assigned to the Department of Traffic in the Riyadh Region on June 1, 1988.

Ten years later, he was appointed in the Division of Traffic throughout Riyadh, running security patrols. A few months later he became part of the security unit of the royal family’s processions, and a procession’s security unit leader by April 2000.

By late 2009, he was assistant director of the Hajj and Umrah Security Department for Public Security.

Al-Bassami served as director general for the Hajj and Umrah at the Ministry of Interior before his appointment as director general of Traffic Directorate on October 12, 2017.

During his career, Al-Bassami participated in the Makkah Development Authority comprehensive plan to develop the city. He was also involved in the management and organization of crowds visiting the holy mosques, and plans to improve public transportation in Makkah. 


FaceOf: Saudi journalist and writer Waleed Al-Farraj

Waleed Al-Farraj
Updated 9 min 37 sec ago
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FaceOf: Saudi journalist and writer Waleed Al-Farraj

Fans continue faithfully to cheer for the Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia, including Saudi journalist and writer Waleed Al-Farraj, who passionately called upon the national team on Twitter.

@waleedalfarraj: “Our beloved Falcons, you are capable of giving the most enjoyable performance for your fans and for our grand country. I believe in you.”

Al-Farraj was born in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province in 1969. He holds a diploma in commerce and has sat for a number of studies and courses in specialized journalism and TV production in Egypt.

His career in journalism began in 1985 and continued until 2003. 

He was the deputy managing editor of the sports pages in Al-Yaum newspaper in Dammam. He founded and was the deputy editor of The Saudi Sports Journal.

His experience in television spans from 1998 to 2011; he used to be executive producer for the broadcast of the Saudi League for five years, during which he supervised the technical and art direction for channels such as ART Sport, Abu Dhabi, Al Jazeera Sport and Line Sport.

As a presenter, he is considered one of the most controversial in Saudi television, and is famous for his bold commentary. 

He was a football commentator during the 2002 FIFA World Cup for ART Sport. 

He covered the national team’s participation in the 2006 World Cup. In 2011 he joined MBC group as a sports presenter on MBC Action.

Currently, Al-Farraj is general manager of a company specializing in providing Internet services. He is also the general manager of the Saudi Dallah Group.