The 33rd GCC Traffic Week will kick off this Sunday, 12 March at Darb Al Saai under the theme ‘Your Life is a Trust’. Many institutions and establishments from both public and private sectors will participate in the celebration along with civil organisations, schools and universities.
This was announced by Lt Col Muhammad Radhi Al Hajiri, director of Traffic Awareness and Information Department during a press conference at the traffic headquarters in Madinat Khalifa.
The week-long celebrations organised by the General Directorate of Traffic will be opened on Sunday, 6:30 pm. The morning events will be held from 8 am-12 pm specified for school students only. The evening events for public will start at 4 pm till 10 pm.
The theme of the traffic week for this year, ‘Your Life is Trust’ highlights the concept of safety to all road users by holding the shared responsibility on the road. This theme will also be used next year as agreed by all traffic authorities in GCC countries.
GCC Traffic Week is celebrated simultaneously every year in all GCC countries since its inception in 1984 in order to exchange experiences between GCC countries. Traffic authority delegations will visit each other and exchange the latest initiatives, regulations, legislation and traffic activities, which are carried out by competent authorities throughout the past year. Seminars and discussion will be held to seek ways of enhancing traffic security and reduce road accidents in all GCC countries.
The topics of seminars include ‘Towards a unified media strategy to spread traffic awareness’, ‘Role of community participation in reducing traffic accidents’, ‘Role of old and new media in spreading traffic awareness’, ‘Role of infrastructure in traffic’ and ‘Role of women in spreading traffic awareness’.
The traffic week celebration includes seminars, traffic exhibition, outdoor stage for awareness shows, entertainment activities, competitions, lectures, and special play area for children, traffic village, classic vehicles exhibition, a Police dog show, and a First Aid campaign by Hamad Medical Cooperation. A pavilion will also be set up at Souq Waqif.
Many driving schools will take part in the event and provide practical training and tests for new drivers. There will be special pavilion for ‘One second’ programme and Traffic Safety Engineering as well.
On the sidelines of traffic week the GDT will conduct traffic awareness short film contest whereas the participants can present short films under 2 minutes which can contribute to spread traffic awareness culture for the public.
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