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. 


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

Updated 25 min 51 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.