Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

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Updated 12 October 2012
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for Translation celebrates winners in Germany

Berlin: In the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Award for Translation, and Mayor of Berlin Claus Wowereit, a handing-over ceremony of the Award in its fifth year was held Monday in Berlin.
Addressing the ceremony, Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said that this ceremony resulted from close friendly relations between Saudi Arabia and Germany and joint keenness of the two leaderships to achieve continuous progress of bilateral relations between the two friendly countries as well as effective coordination about common issues.
The Prince conveyed to the audience the greetings of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his great appreciation of the Federal Republic of Germany and its role in enriching translation movement and human cultural dialogue, adding, ‘ The King has given special attention to this global award and its development which keeps abreast with his human initiative for dialogue among followers of religions and cultures, and promotes dialogue among civilizations according to various knowledge frameworks which are open toward more rapprochement and understanding to serve a culture of peace emanating from complete belief in the importance of translation in achieving rapprochement between peoples.
The Prince noted that the award is one of the bridges of intellectual and cultural communication between the world cultures, and aims to disseminate knowledge to promote the principles of mutual understanding and common human values for a bright future for this generation and future generations. He stressed the Kingdom’s welcome of all hands extended for tolerance and dialogue and its seeking for stability in all fields which yield fruitful results for the development of peoples.
In his speech, the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit expressed his happiness over hosting the award in Berlin for honoring translators who embody the creativity of authors and transfer it to other civilizations.
He praised what he saw during his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last March and the development of the Kingdom in various fields, noting that a large economic conference to increase Saudi-German cooperation in the field of energy and health will be organized.
The Mayor also commended the positive impact on the German people through the Exhibition of Saudi Archaeological Masterpieces Through the Ages held in Berlin Museum which shed light on the Kingdom’s history.
For his part, Adviser at the Royal Court, General Supervisor of King Abdulaziz Public Library and Member of the Award’s Board of Trustees Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar expressed in his speech his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his patronage of the projects of King Abdulaziz Public Library, especially this international award; also thanking Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for patronizing this meeting and supporting its activities.
Then prizes were handed over to the winners of the Award for translation from different languages.
The ceremony was attended by Saudi Ambassador to Germany Dr. Osama Shobokshi and a number of German senior officials.


World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on a main street of Alkhobar city in eastern Saudi Arabia on her way to Bahrain on June 24, 2018. (AFP / HUSSAIN RADWAN)
Updated 25 June 2018
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World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

  • As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips
  • The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet 

JEDDAH: The world awoke on Sunday to images and video footage many thought they would never see — newly empowered Saudi women taking the wheel and driving their cars.

As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-time drivers.

The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet.

“I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream,” she said.

In a tribute to Saudi female drivers, the Lebanese soprano Hiba Tawaji released a special video of a song she performed live in Riyadh at a concert last December “Today women in Saudi Arabia can legally drive their cars,” she said. “Congratulations on this achievement, this one’s for you!”

Back home in Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere was euphoric. “It’s a beautiful day,” businesswoman Samah Algosaibi said as she cruised around the city of Alkhobar. 

“Today we are here,” she said from the driver’s seat. “Yesterday we sat there,” she said, pointing to the back.

“I feel proud, I feel dignified and I feel liberated,” said Saudi Shoura Council member Lina Almaeena, one of the first women to drive in the Kingdom.

She told Arab News that the event was changing her life by “facilitating it, making it more comfortable, making it more pleasant, and making it more stress-free.”

Almaeena urged all drivers to follow the traffic and road safety rules. “What’s making me anxious is the misconduct of a lot of the drivers, the male drivers. Unfortunately they’re not as disciplined as they should be. Simple things such as changing lanes and using your signals — this is making me anxious.

“But I’m confident: I’ve driven all around the world when I travel, especially when I’m familiar with the area. It’s really mainly how to be a defensive driver because you have to be.”