Saudi Arabian women compete behind the wheel for the first time

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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
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Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall. (Supplied)
Updated 01 September 2018

Saudi Arabian women compete behind the wheel for the first time

JEDDAH: Amjad Al-Amari made history on Friday in Jeddah when she won the first karting championship for women at the IN10SO Center in Serafi Mall.
The Petromin sponsored championship began in August to encourage women’s participation in motorsports by giving them an outlet to new experiences in the Kingdom.
The 22-year-old won the race after overtaking her closest rival in the fifth lap.
As Al-Amari received her Petromin trophy and a cash prize of SR5,000 ($1,350), her competitors cheered for her — the championship marks a victory for all women in the Kingdom.
“What I took from this championship is that nothing is impossible,” Al-Amari told Arab News.
“The other racers are on an extremely advanced level, and the competition was high and intense; it really was not an easy win.”
When she is not racing, Al-Amari studies mechanical engineering in Alfaisal University in Riyadh. Due to her major, she is often working on projects to develop and build racing cars and solar vehicles.
Al-Amari hopes to see Saudi women competing not only in karting but Formula One championships.
The Petromin Female Karting Championship was also supported by the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). Vice-chairman Abdullah Khashab and the first female board member, Aseel Al-Hamad, watched the championships.
“I’m so happy and proud to see a new generation of women in motorsports; these young women are shaping the future,” Al-Hamad said.
“To me, they’re all champions, and without them, we wouldn’t be having the first women championship.”
As the face of female motorsports in Saudi Arabia, Al-Hamad was entrusted to present one of the awards.
“I’m excited to just watch them racing; that in and of itself is a great achievement. This can only be the beginning of a bright future for women in motorsports,” she said.
Enas Hamza and Lamia Al-Hussail placed second and third, respectively.


250 Saudi doctors volunteer for scheme offering free medical consultations

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250 Saudi doctors volunteer for scheme offering free medical consultations

  • The scheme’s health volunteers are hoping to provide 250,000 consultations by the end of the year
  • 45 percent of volunteers have so far been women

JEDDAH: At least 250 Saudi doctors and health practitioners have signed up to an ambitious community volunteer program offering free medical consultations to patients throughout the Kingdom.
The We Are All Sanad initiative, supervised by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, aims to recruit more than 2,000 medics to offer expert advice and raise awareness on key health issues.
Covering around 30 specialties, the scheme’s health volunteers, 45 percent of which have so far been women, are hoping to provide 250,000 consultations by the end of the year.
The project is being run in tandem with Saudi government efforts to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Head of the initiative, Dr. Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Hamali, said the volunteer advisers had already provided hundreds of free teleconsultations remotely through the Mawidy (meaning, my appointment) platform which had contributed toward achieving sustainable goals, such as improving community service, increasing access to health care, and raising health awareness.
The initiative, launched on March 1, has been designed to help overcome obstacles faced by patients in relation to access to health care.
“These challenges include geographic barriers, a lack of clarity in the appointments available to patients, the high costs of treatment in some private-sector facilities, and fear of disease exposure when visiting hospitals and clinics.
“We Are All Sanad provides services to everyone, however, priority has been given to beneficiaries of charities, especially under the unprecedented current conditions and the coronavirus pandemic, which threatens the health and safety of the world,” said Al-Hamali, adding that the program supported more than 15 associations.
The Mawidy app, available in Arabic, English, and sign language, offers telemedicine and appointment booking services, and users will soon be able to make home health care reservations as part of a raft of upcoming additional services.
Deputy head of the initiative, Dr. Sultan bin Faisal, praised the ministry for its support for health charity staff and beneficiaries through the provision of telemedicine consultations, educational lectures, and scientific seminars.
He said volunteers wishing to join the initiative could register through the Mawidy platform, provided they had a valid license from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, adding that the scheme offered a unique opportunity for health practitioners to exchange experiences.
Faisal pointed out that the team included 30 young volunteers who would receive skills development training through the Ibtikar program, which offered scientific and practical training courses.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom on Friday recorded 51 new COVID-19-related deaths, raising the total to 2,151.
There were 3,159 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning 226,486 people had now contracted the disease. There were 61,309 active cases, with 2,220 patients in a critical condition.
According to the Ministry of Health, 296 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while 249 were reported in Al-Hofuf, and 209 in Jeddah. In addition, 1,930 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 163,026.
Saudi Arabia has so far conducted 2,179,448 tests for COVID-19.
As part of the Kingdom’s strategy to tackle the virus outbreak, several services and products have been rolled out throughout the country.
These have included Takkad (make sure) centers which have conducted more than 480,000 lab tests, 239 Tetamman clinics which have dealt with at least 265,000 patients, the provision of an extra 2,500 intensive care unit beds, the building of four field hospitals, the carrying out of at least 2.1 million lab tests, and the conducting of 3.7 million medical consultations through the ministry’s 937 service center.