First female Saudi Ferrari owner joins Italians to celebrate women driving

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Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event called “Saudi Women Can Drive.” (AN Photo)
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Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event called “Saudi Women Can Drive.” (AN Photo)
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Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event called “Saudi Women Can Drive.” (AN Photo)
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Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event called “Saudi Women Can Drive.” (AN Photo)
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Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event called “Saudi Women Can Drive.” (AN Photo)
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Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event called “Saudi Women Can Drive.” (AN Photo)
Updated 01 March 2018

First female Saudi Ferrari owner joins Italians to celebrate women driving

JEDDAH: Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabia motor federation and the first Saudi female to own a Ferrari, was a special guest at the Italian Culture Center’s event on Feb. 27 called “Saudi Women Can Drive.”
Diplomatic guests included Vincenzo Amendola, undersecretary of state of Italy, and Luca Ferrari, the Ambassador of Italy to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.
Elisabetta Martini, the consul general of Italy in Jeddah, said: “The royal decree issued last September which has removed the ban on Saudi women to drive in their own country opens a huge market now for many companies.
“Mostly it was a dream that came true and tonight’s event is not about economy but about dreams. The two companies represented here, Ferrari and Maserati, are brands that have contributed the most in the creation of the Italian dream.”
Al-Hamad is an interior design engineer graduate and businesswomen who followed her dream about Ferrari cars. She decided to reward herself because of her successful business (a design company), and the reward was a roaring Ferrari car. She said how glad she was about the royal decree, which will have “a positive reflection for the country socially and economically.”
“I was so pleased by the decision, just like any other Saudi woman, and I was assured that my decision to buy the car of my dreams was the best decision to make. am so happy because I will drive soon in the Kingdom.”
Amendola told Arab News: “The reform decision helps use the energy of this country, especially of women in this young generation. This energy can help to achieve the reform that the government is presenting. The friendship between our countries is historical but now there are many projects that we are planning together.”
Another attendee said: “I am American by blood but Saudi at heart, and women being able to drive is absolutely superb. It rocks!”
Two Italian car brands presented a number of cars in the event, including Maserati. A short documentary was played about Maria Teresa de Filippis, an Italian who was the first woman to race in Formula One. She participated in five World Championship Grands Prix after May 1958, but scored no championship points. Though her Formula One career was brief, she won races in other series and is remembered as a pioneer in the sport.
Saudi women will be free to drive in the Kingdom by June 24.


No cases of Chinese coronavirus detected in Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 min 31 sec ago

No cases of Chinese coronavirus detected in Saudi Arabia

  • Indian nurse infected with MERS coronavirus but not the Chinese strain that has killed 18 people

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said Thursday there have been no cases in the Kingdom of the coronavirus that has killed 18 people in China.

Earlier, India’s minister of state for external affairs V. Muraleedharan said an Indian nurse working at a hospital in southwestern Saudi Arabia had been infected and was being treated.

However, India’s consulate in Jeddah said it had spoken with Tarik Al-Azraqi, chairman of the Scientific Regional Infection Control Committee in Asir Region, and that the woman is suffering from a different strain of the coronavirus to the one that originated in Wuhan.

The woman “is suffering from MERS-CoV and not 2019-NCoV (Wuhan),” the consulate tweeted. 

Saudi Arabia’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said there were no cases of the Chinese novel coronavirus so far.

Muraleedharan said about 100 Indian nurses “mostly from Kerala working at Al-Hayat hospital have been tested. 

The woman effected by the Mers coronavirus is being treated at Asir Central Hospital and is recovering well, he said.

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia said it would screen travelers arriving from China.

The SARS-like virus that emerged in Wuhan has infected more than 630 people and has been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the United States, but not in India or Saudi Arabia.