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.


King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

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King Salman meets GCC leaders for 40th Gulf summit in Riyadh

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • Among the many issues expected to be discussed is a greater level of integration between Gulf countries

RIYADH: GCC leaders arrived in Riyadh Tuesday for a summit that will focus on improving integration between Gulf countries.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting will be chaired by King Salman, who met the representatives from each country as they landed.

The heads of the delegations including the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

GCC Secretary General Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani said Gulf leaders will discuss a number of important issues to enhance the process of cooperation and integration among member states in various political, defense, security, economic and social fields.

They will also review regional and international political developments, security conditions in the region, and their implications for the security and stability of the GCC countries.

Among the topics on the agenda is the war in Yemen and Iran’s interference in regional affairs.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.