Crashes claim 9 lives in Riyadh everyday

Updated 06 December 2013

Crashes claim 9 lives in Riyadh everyday

Nine people on average die daily in the Saudi capital as a result of traffic accidents, which constitutes 72 percent of the overall number of accidents, said Mazen Al-Ghamdi, spokesman for the Saudi Red Crescent Authority.
He was speaking at the Global Conference on Casualty and Accident Medicine held at the Security Forces Hospital in Riyadh.
About 544,000 accidents took place on the Kingdom’s roads in 2012, causing the death of 7,153 people.
“This means 64 accidents per hour and 20 deaths daily. The figure includes only those people who died on the scene, which corresponds to 48 percent of the actual number of deaths. This means the death toll could reach 14,306 in 2012,” said Saud Al-Turki, director of research on injuries at the King Abdullah International Research Center in Riyadh.
Over-speeding and red light-running cause 31 percent of road accidents in the Kingdom.
He urged traffic police to get tough on reckless drivers.
Al-Turki said traffic police ignore 69 percent of reasons behind accidents, including reckless driving and violation of traffic rules. Lack of strong traffic monitoring encourages reckless drivers to repeat their mistakes, he added.
“When the safety belt system was introduced in 2004, it reduced deaths by 14 percent, but when traffic police showed leniency in its execution, deaths and injuries grew again by 10 to 16 percent annually,” Al-Turki said.
Abdullatheef Nadukandy, planning manager at United Naghi, said the introduction of metros and other public transport systems would help reduce accidents in major cities. “Massive traffic awareness programs should be launched to promote self discipline among drivers across the Kingdom.”


Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

Updated 20 January 2020

Saudi Ministry of Culture launches platform for scholarship applications

  • The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields
  • The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Culture has launched a website for applications from students who wish to join the Culture Scholarship Program. From Sunday, applications can be made at https://engage.moc.gov.sa/scholarships on three tracks: Self-financed students, pre-accepted students and the new students. The website features the application forms, benefits and general conditions for each track, as well as a list of relevant educational institutions.
The scholarship program is open to those who wish to obtain a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree in various cultural and arts fields from the world’s most prominent educational institutions.
The courses provided by the program include music, theater, visual arts (drawing, sculpture, art theory, calligraphy, art history, photography and cinematography) filmmaking, literature and linguistics, archaeology, culinary arts, design, architecture and libraries and museums.
The program offers several advantages for both self-financed students and pre-accepted students. Scholarships cover all tuition fees, financial support, living expenses, health care and return flights to the scholarship’s location for both the student and their companion.
Students in these two tracks are offered guidance and assessment programs to check their academic development during the program, as well as getting support in other aspects needed for their advancement. After their graduation, students in these two tracks can also join training programs abroad for a maximum of two years.
The program offers several advantages to new students who have not yet received acceptance. The program helps them to get the qualifications they need to be accepted by universities by offering assistance in overcoming obstacles such as language proficiency and interpersonal skills.
The program supports the students by organizing training workshops to develop their talents and skills. It introduces them to specialized experts in the field related to their scholarships. The program saves students time and effort and supports them throughout the whole registration process, by helping them write their resumes and complete their portfolios professionally.
The scholarship program is an educational first in Saudi Arabia, and is part of a Ministry of Culture initiative to develop national cadres specialized in cultural and arts fields so as to develop the sector and meet the increasing requirements of the labor market.