Saudi Arabian female accident inspectors gear up ahead of lifting of driving ban

A batch of 40 Saudi women will begin their careers as car accident inspectors on Sunday in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. (Supplied)
Updated 24 June 2018
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Saudi Arabian female accident inspectors gear up ahead of lifting of driving ban

  • Private insurance company Najm, in partnership with the General Department of Traffic, has hired 40 women and provided them with training to respond to road accidents involving female drivers.
  • Inspector Mada Hassan Hamza was was enthusiastic about her new role and said she hoped to make a valuable contribution.

JEDDAH: A batch of 40 Saudi women will begin their careers as car accident inspectors on Sunday in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam as the ban on women driving is lifted.
Private insurance company Najm, in partnership with the General Department of Traffic, has hired 40 women and provided them with training to respond to road accidents involving female drivers.
Inspector Amira Abdul Aziz Al-Enezi from Riyadh told Arab News: “As Saudi women, we can play a vital role in managing and responding to accidents, supporting women drivers, and contributing to raising awareness about traffic safety.”
Inspector Mada Hassan Hamza from Dammam was enthusiastic about her new role. She said she hoped to make a valuable contribution. “We are qualified enough to perform our jobs perfectly.”
“We invite all Saudi women to join Najm because it provides a unique opportunity to manage and address traffic accidents and conduct field trials,” she said.
Suha Abdullah Al-Abdulwahid, another Najm inspector, said: “I am proud to be the member of the first batch of female Najm inspectors.”
She hopes the number of women inspectors will increase gradually.

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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.