Saudi Arabian car companies see boost in demand for female drivers

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Car dealerships, agencies and companies in Saudi Arabia have witnessed a remarkable turnout after the decree allowing women to drive was implemented on June 24. (SPA)
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Car dealerships, agencies and companies in Saudi Arabia have witnessed a remarkable turnout after the decree allowing women to drive was implemented on June 24. (SPA)
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Car dealerships, agencies and companies in Saudi Arabia have witnessed a remarkable turnout after the decree allowing women to drive was implemented on June 24. (SPA)
Updated 29 June 2018

Saudi Arabian car companies see boost in demand for female drivers

JEDDAH: Car dealerships, agencies and companies in Saudi Arabia have witnessed a remarkable turnout after the decree allowing women to drive was implemented on June 24, Saudi Press Agency reported.
As a result, some agencies have established an advisory board, and conducted research surveys to take advantage of this vital and strategic decision by collecting information and build plans to deal with this qualitative shift in the Saudi society.
The move has seen economic recovery in many related sectors such as insurance, maintenance and car accessories.
Some agencies have also opened female showrooms and recruited and trained qualified Saudi women to understand the specifications and advantages of vehicles, safety and car prices to facilitate the delivery of information to those wishing to buy cars.
Some car companies have also given women the opportunity to experience driving for the first time and learn from their relatives, with the help of trainers, to refine their leadership skills and build trust through a special training course.
Surveys and studies have been conducted throughout the Kingdom that indicate to some of the factors that govern the purchase of cars by females, including age group, social status and purchasing power.
The majority of women were careful when choosing the type of car and safety is the main priority, the SPA reported. Saudi women are seeking vehicles equipped with the highest security methods, such as seat belts, airbags and blind spots, for protection in the event of an accident.
The height of the car was also a relevant factor, along with the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, speeding and breaking.
Regular check ups, maintenance and repairs are also an important factor in safety, to protect against traffic accidents, particularly checking tire pressure to avoid the possibility of an explosion.
Furthermore, when purchasing a vehicle, car companies are also offering women after-sales services, such as road assistance, securing spare parts and servicing vehicles, in addition to setting up opinion polls and listening to their views on all matters related to women’s driving.


Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

Updated 28 May 2020

Diplomatic Quarter: Envoys extend Eid greetings to Saudis

RIYADH: Foreign ambassadors to Saudi Arabia have been passing on their Eid Al-Fitr greetings to the government and people of the Kingdom.

The US Mission in the Kingdom, tweeted: “The US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid on behalf of all Americans living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia greeted saying, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Eid Mubarak to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and all our Saudi friends and colleagues as you celebrate this special holiday.

“May your Eid be joyous, even in this challenging time as we work together to fight (the) coronavirus (disease) COVID-19.”

In a tweet, the Australian ambassador in Riyadh, Ridwaan Jadwat, said: “Wishing everyone celebrating the end of Ramadan a joyous Eid Al-Fitr on behalf of my family and our embassy team: #EidMubarak!”

Posting a video message to the Saudi people, he added: “May I say on behalf of my family and the team here at the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, I hope that you have a safe, happy and blessed Eid Al-Fitr.”

Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, said: “May you all be blessed with #Peace, #Joy and #Love on #EidUlFitr and always! #EidMubarak to you and your families.”

Eid Al-Fitr celebrations this year have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the festival of Eid in 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

In a message addressing Saudis, the Pakistani community in the Kingdom, and Muslims around the world, Pakistan’s consul general in Jeddah, Khalid Majid, said: “This year, we are celebrating Eid in a very simple and somber manner. Undoubtedly, the world is passing through one of the most difficult times due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has badly affected our socio-economic life.”

He added that many people had already lost their lives to the disease while large numbers were still battling with it.

“Besides, the death of around 100 of our Pakistani brethren in a recent PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) plane crash at Karachi has also left us sad and gloomy. My sincere prayers are with all those who lost their lives and also with their bereaved families. At the same time, I also sincerely pray for the good health and speedy recovery of all the COVID-19 patients.

“My deep appreciation and prayers for continued success also goes to all our frontline soldiers including doctors, paramedics, law enforcement agencies and all other involved departments, who are fighting against this deadly virus, at the risk of their own lives.

“I take this opportunity to convey my deepest gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for taking very effective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Provision of best health facilities and efficient other services across the Kingdom are instrumental in effectively tackling the situation. It is evident from these steps that the recovery rate in the Kingdom is one of the highest in the world,” Majid said.

“I advise all Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia to continue abiding by all local health and safety instructions, including those relating to social distancing, so that we can all be safe and play our part in strengthening the efforts of the Saudi government in defeating this pandemic.”