Traffic safety forum and expo to be held in February

Abdullah Al-Rubaish, president of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, addressed a press conference on the campus.
Updated 17 October 2019

Traffic safety forum and expo to be held in February

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University and the Saudi Traffic Safety Society (SALAMH) will host the Fifth International Traffic Safety Forum on Feb. 10-12, under the patronage of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, in Dammam.
It comes as part of SALAMH’s keenness to boost the transport system and road safety in order to reduce the number of deaths, injuries, and disabilities caused by traffic accidents.
Abdullah Al-Rubaish, president of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, told a press conference on the campus that the forum would address seven fundamental aspects covering traffic management, traffic safety and road infrastructure during 10 sessions.
He said lectures would be given by experts, researchers and academicians from institutes and international research organizations, specialized in the field of traffic safety, transport, roads and vehicle manufacturers — locally, regionally and internationally.
The forum seeks to shed light on global experiences in transport technologies, road infrastructure and innovative solutions to spot the best initiatives that can be used in Saudi Arabia to improve traffic safety.
Al-Rubaish said the speakers would discuss a number of traffic safety initiatives and projects of the National Transformation Program 2020, to identify smart transport systems and applications that can positively impact the traffic situation.
The speakers, he said, would seek to identify opportunities and methods of applications of intelligent transport systems and discuss how to develop effective channels in order to reduce mortality rates and cargo accidents.
The forum and exhibition — Smart Mobility, Infrastructure, Technology, Safety Innovations and Initiatives for Sustainable and Safer Communities in Light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 — supported by the Ministry of Education, Saudi Aramco, the Eastern Province Traffic Safety Committee, the General Directorate of Traffic and the Eastern Province Secretariat, aims at reducing the number of road fatalities and injuries by 50 percent in order to realize Saudi Vision 2030 and to encourage the implementation of additional measures to ensure traffic safety.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.