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 envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.