Saudi citizen rewarded after new car turned out to be used

Hamad Faleh Al-Qahtani receiving his reward from an MCI official. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 21 July 2018

Saudi citizen rewarded after new car turned out to be used

RIYADH: A citizen from Buraidah has been rewarded by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) for complaining about a commercial fraud. He exposed an auto agency who sold him a “new car” which turned out to be second-hand with a chequered history.
The MCI granted a reward of SR25,000 to Hamad Faleh Al-Qahtani, who reported the fraud.
He bought a new car from the auto agency and made the full payment, but soon realized he had been given a second-hand car.
Not only was it used but it had also been in a crash and been repaired and repainted, which was contrary to what had been agreed upon and in violation of the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law. The ministry followed up the matter with investigations to find the truth and take legal action.
The matter was referred to the public prosecution and then to the Administrative Court in Buraidah, which issued the final verdict that the agency was guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.
The agency was fined SR100,000 ($26,687). Article 11 of the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law states that anyone reporting a case of commercial fraud which is found to be true upon investigation shall be granted 25 percent of the value of the fine.
The MCI honors 100 informers by granting them financial rewards and gifts on World Consumer Rights Day, which is observed on March 15 every year to foster global awareness about consumer rights and needs. The day was inspired by US president John F. Kennedy, the first world leader to formally address the issue of consumer rights.
The consumer movement first marked that date in 1983 and uses it every year to mobilize action on important issues.
The MCI has urged consumers to report commercial frauds through the Consumer Call Center (1900), through the application of a commercial violation report and through the ministry’s website.


Restoration of historic Saudi city of Diriyah set to be inaugurated this month

The 7 sq. km giga-project will become one of Saudi Arabia’s cultural and lifestyle destinations with places to gather, explore and work. The inauguration ceremony was designed by Saudis in honor of the heritage of their forefathers. (SPA)
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Restoration of historic Saudi city of Diriyah set to be inaugurated this month

  • The giga-project will be officially inaugurated on Nov. 19 at a special function

RIYADH: The restoration of Diriyah, a sweeping 18th-century city that once served as the capital and stronghold of the first Saudi state, will be officially inaugurated at a special Nov. 19 gathering.
This cornerstone-laying event comes as the country continues its pioneering plans to welcome visitors from near and far, and underlines Saudi Arabia’s mission to showcase the cultural icon to the world as one of its great gathering places.
The celebration will formally inaugurate the new giga-project known as Diriyah Gate, a cultural and lifestyle tourism destination for Saudi Arabia with a UNESCO World Heritage Site at its heart.
This one-of-a-kind celebration will include a world-class gala dinner, with food sourced entirely from Saudi farms, supporting the communities that sustain the nation. Attendees of this evening can also expect a performance by Saudi musicians and pyrotechnics. Guests will be given the opportunity to experience first-hand the historical stories of the Saudi people through Turaif’s costumed historical interpreters.
The team is made up entirely of young Saudi nationals who are passionate about their heritage, representing a bridge between the past and future.
Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, said: “There is only one Diriyah. Only this place can tell the story of the Saudi people and inspire new generations to commit to the dynamic vision of the future. This is truly a momentous time in this extraordinary country, and I am proud to lead a world-class team in the development of this historic site that is destined to become a global cultural icon and one of the world’s greatest gathering places.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• Diriyah Gate will be home to a diverse collection of museums and galleries.

• More than 20 world-leading luxury hospitality brands will be located in historic and breathtaking surrounds.

• Diriyah Gate will have five iconic squares, a Formula-E racetrack and even a 15,000-seat arena.

Inzerillo added: “As the first home of the Saudi nation, it is important that Saudis are the backbone behind the success of Diriyah Gate, contributing to its unique identity. It is important, therefore, that the inauguration be designed and created by Saudis in honor of the heritage of their forefathers. We plan to break ground in January 2020 for Diriyah Gate, a mixed-use traditional urban community, which celebrates the rich cultural history of Saudi Arabia. Diriyah Gate, Riyadh’s new global cultural and lifestyle destination, will be home to leading luxury and lifestyle retail brands as well as over 100 cafes and restaurants.”
The 7 sq. km giga-project will become one of Saudi Arabia’s cultural and lifestyle destinations with places to gather, explore, shop, dine, live and work. Appealing to international tourists and local citizens seeking authentic and cultural experiences, the destination will celebrate the rich cultural history of Saudi Arabia.
Among its many offerings, Diriyah Gate will be home to a diverse collection of museums and galleries in addition to a range of cultural and educational experiences. More than 20 world-leading luxury hospitality brands, including Aman Resorts, will be carefully located in historic and breathtaking surrounds. Diriyah Gate will have five iconic squares, a Formula-E racetrack and even a 15,000-seat arena.