Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

From left, Kazue Miyamoto, wife of the Japanese consul general, Prince Abdullah bin Turki, Japanese Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto, Prince Bandar bin Abdullah and Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah at the event in Jeddah.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Japanese emperor’s birthday celebrated in Jeddah

The Consulate General of Japan in Jeddah held on Thursday a reception to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito, the 125th emperor of Japan, at the residence of Consul General Masayuki Miyamoto.
The reception was attended by Ambassador Sami bin Jameel Abdullah, director of protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makkah region, in the presence of princes, consuls general accredited in Jeddah, Saudi businessmen and media figures, in addition to the Japanese community in the western region.
After playing the national anthems of the two countries, Consul General Miyamoto delivered a speech in which he welcomed the guests and stressed on the excellent relations between Japan and the Kingdom, based on mutual respect and appreciation.
He announced that this year would be the last year to mark the birthday of Akihito as emperor. He will abdicate next year and the crown prince will accede to the imperial throne.
He said that the Japanese city Osaka would host next year the G20 Summit. Both Japan and Saudi Arabia are active members of this group.
Miyamoto said that Saudi Arabia was among the 10 most important trading partners for Japan. Japan is the third top trading partner for the Kingdom and one of the largest investors with capital of about SR53 billion ($14.13 billion), including investments in Rabigh, Yanbu and Jeddah, and providing employment to about 7,000 Saudi citizens. The annual trade between the two countries exceeds SR100 billion in Saudi surplus.
He said that Japan worked strongly for more presence in both public and private sector projects of the Kingdom such as water, renewable energy, infrastructure and other projects.
Ambassador Sami and Consul General Miyamoto cut a cake to celebrate this occasion.


Saudi women boost Volkswagen sales in KSA

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi women boost Volkswagen sales in KSA

Samaco Automotive Company, the exclusive dealer for Volkswagen in Saudi Arabia, has announced a boost in sales to women following the first anniversary of women’s driving in the Kingdom. 

A milestone for women across the country with almost 50,000 driver licenses issued so far, the dealer has welcomed female drivers through the doors and as a result has experienced an increase in sales specifically to women, accounting for 25 percent of total sales so far for 2019. 

According to Samaco, the Volkswagen Tiguan is the No.1 choice for women and is preferred for its functionality and safety features. The Tiguan is closely followed by a popular car for larger families, the seven-seater Teramont — an SUV kitted with cutting-edge design and smart technology. 

Mohammed Moussa, general manager for Volkswagen at Samaco, said: “We are hugely proud to be a part of this exciting time for women across the country. Our increase in sales speak for themselves and we are honored to be the preferred choice for so many women and their families. With outstanding new models such as the latest Touareg and Teramont and the ever popular Tiguan, we have no doubt that Volkswagen will continue to play an exciting part of people’s journey to getting out onto the roads across Saudi Arabia.”

The increase in female Volkswagen owners in the Kingdom resulted in the first women’s car club forming earlier this year. Central to the creation of the club was Ammal Farhat, who has always been passionate about gender equality. She said the Volkswagen Women’s Car Club represents exactly that. 

“We were given the opportunity to drive a year ago and what a difference that year has made for thousands of women across Saudi Arabia. The Volkswagen Women’s Car Club unites us in a way that we never thought possible before. Now that we can get behind the wheel, we feel more empowered and have a greater sense of independence and control over our own lives,” said Farhat.

Samaco Automotive is the exclusive dealer of Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars in Saudi Arabia. The company provides a full range of services incorporating sales of new and pre-owned cars and commercial vehicles, leasing and full after-sales support with a dedicated service and parts team located at its showrooms and workshops in Jeddah, Riyadh and Alkhobar.