Saudi custom license plate auction raising millions for Interior Ministry

Saudi custom license plate auction raising millions for Interior Ministry
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The diamond-category “9999 DDD” plate sold for SR620,000 as the highest-priced product in the third edition of the online auction. (@Absher)
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An online Saudi government auction for custom license plates is attracting hundreds of bidders and raising millions. (@Absher)
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An online Saudi government auction for custom license plates is attracting hundreds of bidders and raising millions. (@Absher)
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Updated 02 January 2022

Saudi custom license plate auction raising millions for Interior Ministry

Saudi custom license plate auction raising millions for Interior Ministry
  • Auction began on Dec. 1 and has so far helped dozens of Saudi drivers mark their vehicles with VIP plates
  • Following several high-profile sales, millions of riyals have been raised for the benefit of the Interior Ministry

JEDDAH: An online Saudi government auction for custom license plates is attracting hundreds of bidders and raising millions.

The event aims to raise funds for the General Directorate of Traffic, which operates under the ministry and is responsible for certifying the license plates.

The four-category auction (bronze, silver, gold and diamond), began on Dec. 1, and has so far helped dozens of Saudi drivers mark their vehicles with exclusive, VIP plates.

Following several high-profile sales, millions of riyals have been raised for the benefit of the Interior Ministry. The diamond-category “9999 DDD” plate, for instance, sold for SR620,000 ($165,000) as the highest-priced product in the third edition of the online auction, which concluded Sunday.

The fourth auction began on Thursday and is scheduled to end on Jan. 2.

The auction page on the Absher portal displayed 24 registration plates within three categories, with 15 bidders competing to win the silver-category “11 HLH plate,” which had a bid of SR30,000 on Friday. The total value of all license plates in the fourth edition of the auction reached SR300,000.

The Absher portal, which provides more than 300 services, enables both citizens and residents to bid on license plates for private transport vehicles, including cars and motorcycles.

According to the conditions of the auction, new license plate owners should visit a traffic department site to register their plates to their vehicle within a period of 30 days after winning an auction.

The traffic department said that auction winners will receive their plates through the Saudi Post service. The department added that every bidder must pay a registration fee of SR1,000 before offering a price for a license plate.

Custom license plates are common among the wealthy in the oil-rich GCC region. High bidders often pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to customize their high-end vehicles with special plates.

In 2008, the world’s most expensive car license plate was sold at a UAE auction to Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri, who paid $14.2 million to win a plate bearing the number “1.” The auction secured a place in the Guinness World Records.

Khouri broke the 2007 record of Talal Ali, who won a $4.57 million bid on the plate number “5.”

In October 2016, Indian property developer Balwinder Sahni paid $9 million at a UAE government auction to win the plate “D 5” for his white Rolls Royce. He secured the plate “O 9” at a similar auction a year earlier.

When interviewed by CNN, the multimillionaire justified the costs by saying that the money would go to charity and toward improving infrastructure in Dubai — a city that he said “has given me a lot.”

To view the electronic plate auction on the Absher portal, visit: https://mazad.absher.sa/portal/auction-dashboard.


Al-Sheikh leads Saudi delegation to G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit

Al-Sheikh leads Saudi delegation to G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit
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Al-Sheikh leads Saudi delegation to G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit

Al-Sheikh leads Saudi delegation to G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit

JAKARTA: A delegation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, headed by speaker of the Shoura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh, participated at the eighth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit on Oct. 5, 2022.

The summit, held in Jakarta, was themed “Recover Together, Recover Stronger.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Duarte Pacheco, and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia Puan Maharani, were also present.

Widodo delivered the opening speech and welcomed the various parliament speakers, stressing the importance of the group, which seeks to solve all problems facing the world’s population, referring to the significance of communication among all countries to realize economic recovery and create a more prosperous and developed world.

Indonesia is the host of this year's gathering of the world's top 20 economies, coming next after Italy (2021) and Saudi Arabia (2020).

The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, US, and the European Union. Spain is also invited as a permanent guest.


Saudi Arabia’s Qassim launches breast cancer awareness campaign 

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim launches breast cancer awareness campaign 
Updated 06 October 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim launches breast cancer awareness campaign 

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim launches breast cancer awareness campaign 

QASSIM: Al-Qassim Health Cluster launched a breast cancer awareness campaign, “Qassim is Rosary,” on Wednesday as part of international Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. 

The Qassim Health Assembly said that more than 180 of its health centers and facilities have been designated to conduct initial examinations for the early detection of breast cancer.

The campaign, targeting women aged between 18-60, aims to educate the community about the dangers and causes of breast cancer, as well as methods of prevention and early detection. 

It also encourages women to book mammogram appointments at clinics available in the region. 

The event also featured stories of women who recovered from breast cancer as well as folkloric performances.

The awareness campaign will be held at women’s government facilities, universities and colleges, and parks.


Global Health Exhibition starts in Riyadh Sunday

Global Health Exhibition starts in Riyadh Sunday
Updated 06 October 2022

Global Health Exhibition starts in Riyadh Sunday

Global Health Exhibition starts in Riyadh Sunday

RIYADH: Thousands of medical professionals and industry leaders are heading to Riyadh for this year’s Global Health Exhibition.

The conference is being held at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center from Sunday to Tuesday under the patronage of Minister of Health Fahad Al-Jalajel. 

It is expected to attract more than 10,000 specialists and 250 companies from 30 countries.

The exhibition provides opportunities for visitors to meet fellow professionals and policymakers, and coincides with large investments by Saudi Arabia into healthcare under its Vision 2030 reform plan.

The forum will host conferences on public health, integrated care, and the future of medical laboratories and radiology.

The event will also launch the Leaders Forum, which will bring healthcare leaders and government officials together to discuss digital transformation and efficiency.

The GHE attracted thousands of healthcare professionals and companies in 2018 to 2019 and virtually in 2020 to 2021.


Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha to double Shadawi coffee production

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha to double Shadawi coffee production
Updated 06 October 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha to double Shadawi coffee production

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Baha to double Shadawi coffee production
  • Over 1,000 new jobs, tourism boost expected, says agriculture official
  • Farmers provided funding, irrigation equipment and seedlings

Al-Baha plans to double its production of its famous Shadawi coffee beans, a move that would create jobs and income for the region, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Al-Baha is home to more than 200 farms that have over 22,000 trees growing beans of the highest quality, SPA reported.

There is room for growth, with an overall area of 1.6 million square meters available that has the capacity for 300,000 trees.

Fahd bin Muftah Al-Zahrani, director of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture in the region, said: “Coffee production will increase by 100 percent. It will also create 1,000 new jobs. It will have a business, training, and exhibition center, making the region a distinct agricultural tourism destination.”

Al-Zahrani said the mountainous terrain requires careful cultivation to allow the trees to flourish.

The ministry has started providing farmers with access to water sources, and tanks for storage with the capacity ranging from 60 to 240 tons.

Farmers have also been supported with modern irrigation equipment and seedlings. This initiative has so far benefitted 122 farmers.

In addition, the ministry is providing financial support for small farmers through its Rural Program, which will help them produce, manufacture and market the coffee beans.


Saudi Red Crescent Authority courses benefit 113,000

Saudi Red Crescent Authority courses benefit 113,000
Updated 06 October 2022

Saudi Red Crescent Authority courses benefit 113,000

Saudi Red Crescent Authority courses benefit 113,000

 

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has successfully organized 918 training courses and awareness lectures across the Kingdom, benefitting more than 113,000 people this year, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

On the occasion of World Teacher’s Day, Abdulaziz Al-Suwaine, the authority’s official spokesperson, said: “The authority is keen to spread the culture of first aid in educational institutions and introduce people to ways to deal with cases of sickness that require urgent intervention before the arrival of the emergency teams.

“This aims to save more lives and alleviate suffering, which would strengthen the health safety means in communities and educational facilities. Therefore, the authority held numerous awareness-raising training courses and lectures in these institutions.”

Of the 214 training courses organized at educational institutions, the Qassim region had the highest share with 52. Meanwhile, the Eastern region received 704 awareness lectures.

“The authority has previously launched several awareness-raising initiatives. The most significant of these initiatives was ‘A Safe School,’ which aims at training all those working within the educational system, be it teachers, administrative employees or students, to introduce them to the basics of first aid. The initiative included the provision of a set of training courses and lectures that suit different age groups,” Al-Suwaine said.