Saudi driving school implements new safety measures

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Updated 05 July 2020

Saudi driving school implements new safety measures

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DAMMAM: Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University in Dammam has been implementing preventive measures and health protocols at its Sharq Driving School since it reopened. The school has been receiving female trainees, both in the field and in administrative offices. The preventive measures taken include social distancing, using sanitizers and disinfecting all plazas, corridors, and entrances on a daily basis to reduce the spread of the disease and protect everyone.
Saleh Al-Rashed, the university and school chairman, stressed that the university was keen on providing a healthy environment free of disease and on following health regulations in the workspace and training areas.
He highlighted that all the school facilities, including imaging devices, computers and cars, have been sanitized. The fingerprint system has been canceled and replaced with signatures, provided each employee uses her own pen.
He said that a plastic barrier has been placed between the seats of the vehicle driver and the passenger in training cars in a manner that does not inhibit the instructor’s intervention in the event of an emergency.
“Signs of the precautionary measures are in place, cars are sanitized after every use, and plastic face masks are given to each trainer.”

 


Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

Updated 13 August 2020

Better in the long run: 2,600 join Saudi 10-day marathon

  • At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups

JEDDAH: More than 2,600 people took part in a 10-day walking and running marathon in the Kingdom, reaching a combined distance of more than 448,000 km.
At least 40 nationalities were represented in all age groups.
The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) launched the “Step Together” initiative as part of a series of competitive walk-runs. The SFA event, the first since lockdown restrictions were eased, took place from July 17-26. About 30 para-athletes joined the competition, making it a hallmark achievement for SFA inclusivity.
Tahani Ibrahem, a 29-year-old Saudi participant, said her Eastern Flames football club training encouraged her to join the marathon.
“I joined one other marathon in 2019 and won fourth place. I’ve loved running since I was a teenager,” she told Arab News.
Ibrahem said that she was happy that para-athletes included in the marathon and praised the SFA for giving people and communities a chance to unite for one goal.
“They are just like us. Disability is something of the mind, not the body,” she said.
Ibrahem completed 42 km in the 10-day marathon, spending five hours a day walking and running.
“We were thrilled to see such high registration numbers for our first ‘Step Together’ event,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, the SFA president.
“The diversity of participants for the first in the walk-run series was important to us. We recruited all ages and abilities for this event and are delighted that they made it their own. It truly was ‘Sports for All’ as we had many children and seniors take part, and we were proud to have a number of disabled competitors,” he said.
Those who met the distance goals were awarded with medals and e-certificates of the achievement. In the 21.1 km event, the fastest time was recorded by Mohammed Ayyash (1hr 11min 5sec), followed by Waleed Homidan (1hr 11min 59sec) and in third place, Osama Ayyash (1hr 23min 5sec).
Ronel Wienand, competing with the Riyadh Road Runners, was the fastest woman, completed the half marathon in 1hr 58min 7sec.