Video clip helps Riyadh cops arrest car drifter

Updated 09 January 2016
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Video clip helps Riyadh cops arrest car drifter

RIYADH: A young Saudi who had posted a video clip on social media showing himself drifting in a Land Cruiser on the streets of the capital has been arrested.

An official from the Riyadh Traffic Department, which apprehended the drifter, said the video clip clearly shows the driver drifting recklessly, causing his vehicle to overturn after losing control over it. “The car turned turtle causing significant damage to two cars parked along the road. However, there were no injuries.”
The traffic department closely studied the video clip during the investigation and zeroed in on the offender and the vehicle.
According to the official, the vehicle used for drifting belongs to the arrested youth’s father. During the inspection at the residence, the police found the youth hiding in the backyard from where he was arrested, he said..
The vehicle was taken into custody by the traffic reservation department according to the legal procedures.
The traffic department stressed its commitment to follow up on all traffic violations, and renewed warning that violators will be strictly dealt with.
According to Director of Jeddah Traffic Brig. Wasallah Al-Harbi , whoever is caught drifting will be punished by law and he will need to take a driving test after he promises not to drift again.
If a driver is caught drifting for the first time, his vehicle is seized for 15 days and he has to pay a fine of SR1,000. A court decides how his prison sentence will be applied, he said.
Al-Harbi said that offenders caught for the second time will have their vehicles confiscated for a month, fined SR1,500 each and a court will impose a longer prison sentence.
A third-time offender will be fined SR2,000 fine, the vehicle impounded and a longer prison sentence, besides he will have to pay more if the vehicle is rented or stolen, he said.
Last year, the Shoura Council recommended that penalties should also apply to those who encourage or provide financial support, or a spectator encouraging a car drifter with a fine of SR1,500 or seizure of the car for 15 days, or both.
In 2014 , the Riyadh traffic police arrested more than 646 car drifters during a period of six months preceding November.
Authorities have called on parents to monitor their sons, urging them to help reduce the extreme results of drifting since most of these violators are young men.


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.