British media deride Gulf tourists’ show-off

In this Jan 10, 2016 photo, shoppers and tourists walk past the 100 Club on Oxford Street in London. (AP)
Updated 21 July 2016

British media deride Gulf tourists’ show-off

JEDDAH: Arab tourists spending their summer in Europe, especially those in London, have again made headlines in British newspapers for their ridiculously lavish spending habits.
The British Mail Online reported that Arabs spend more than 4.5 million euros in various areas, from shopping and renting luxury cars, to visiting museums and other tourist activities.
The average daily spending of a GCC national is twice as high as the daily spending of a French or Australian or German tourist.
According to the British newspaper the Mirror, Britons got used to seeing more luxury cars a few weeks before Eid Al-Fitr, when Arabs arrive in Britain for holiday.
Those who rent car parks make vast sums of money from Arabs during their visits; the lowest parking fee in London is 4.5 euros per hour.
The Independent criticized luxury cars owners who violate traffic rules while they spend their summer vacation in London.
Many drivers park in undesignated spots, and pay 350 euros fine, said the paper, adding that such fines are nothing to owners of these luxury cars valued at over a million riyals each.
The Metro newspaper reported that Arabs vacationing in Europe during the summer display opulence and are ostentatious, even when they are not necessarily wealthy, but only show off.
The paper said that many Arab tourists believe their behavior will draw public attention to them, failing to recognize that it only helps some take advantage of them.

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

Updated 28 min 38 sec ago

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has established six driving schools for women in different regions of Saudi Arabia, according to an interior ministry spokesperson.

Mansour Al-Turki said on Sunday that the ministry has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far and demand is still very high.

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades on Sunday as the Kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

At a press conference to mark the occasion, Al-Turki said there are 9 districts where female driving schools have not yet been established and there is evidence to suggest women in these areas want to learn.

The interior ministry spokesperson urged motorists not to violate regulations and infringe on the rights and freedoms of others.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Saudi Traffic Directorate, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami said the directorate has developed a device to identify and verify driving licenses through a fingerprinting system.

He acknowledged there is great awareness among women in dealing with traffic rules and regulations, adding there are no traffic exemptions for women, only for people with special needs.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s plan to modernize and reform Saudi Arabia.