Riyadh Car Show attracts thousands of enthusiasts to Janadriyah

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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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The futuristic electric car was auctioned for SR3.2 million ($854,489). (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
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Cars at the Riyadh Show. (AN photo)
Updated 25 November 2019

Riyadh Car Show attracts thousands of enthusiasts to Janadriyah

  • The show, part of various activities and entertainment shows presented by Riyadh Season

RIYADH: Riyadh Car Show, a unique exhibition featuring more than 1,200 classic and rare cars, attracted thousands of enthusiasts to Janadriyah on the northern outskirts of Riyadh.

The show, part of various activities and entertainment shows presented by Riyadh Season, was officially opened on Thursday by Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and the season’s president.

It will run until Nov.  26 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. exhibiting new, rare, historic and classic cars, Basem Al-Madfaa, project coordinator of the GEA told Arab News.

The exhibition made headlines on the opening day when Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho became the first person to buy a car at the show, choosing an Aston Martin Rapide AMR.

Some of the names at the show include the flying carmaker PAL-V, the iconic British Aston Martin, Italy’s Ferrari, iconic French carmaker Bugatti, and the star attraction, the “GFG Car 2030.” 

The futuristic electric car was unveiled by Al-Sheikh, and auctioned at the show for SR3.2 million ($854,489) on Saturday.

The black and green supercar was manufactured especially for the Riyadh Car Show, a GEA coordinator said.

“The only one of its kind in the world, the idea was inspired by Saudi Vision 2030 and its great success in all fields,” a tweet by the GEA said.

Thousands of visitors can view an array of cars and other heavy vehicles hosted by the Global Auto Salon, said the official.

Speaking to Arab News, Ahmed Jamal, a visitor at the rare car show, said: “I came from Jeddah especially for this car show, I am a car enthusiast. I have worked with Jaguar, the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover, for five years now. To me this show is fantastic, and perhaps the biggest car show not only in the region but worldwide.”

Mohammed Chaarani, a sales manager at Aston Martin, said: “This is an amazing show with an incredible number of cars.

 “For Aston Martin we have a few special cars that we are displaying, which include our first SUV, DBX, a new kind of Aston founded on the principles of beauty, luxury and driving dynamics.”

Marco van den Bosch, vice president and CCO for Western Europe at PAL-V, said: “It (the PAL-V) is the first flying car, a combination of a full operational car and a gyroplane.

“This car gives the choice of flying and driving depending on mobility. We need a small runway to take off, but it is a safe way of flying with two engines — if we have an engine failure the other engine will be used, and it will float like a parachute. 

“The time taken to turn from car to gyroplane is three minutes,” he added.


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.