The 30th edition of Unified GCC Traffic Week 2014 begins on Sunday 9 March 2014, at Darb Al Saai under the theme ‘Your Safety is Our Goal’, in cooperation with a large number of agencies in the state.

According to Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, Director of the Traffic Department, the main objective of the annual event is to raise traffic awareness among the citizens and residents in the country, resulting to the lessening of traffic accidents and safeguarding the life of the road users. He pointed to the importance of the support from the people in order to fulfill this objective by obeying the traffic rules and informing the traffic violations to the concerned authority on time. In addition, Al Kharji praised the citizens and residents who cooperated with traffic department by sending the pictures of violation through Metrash 2.

Concluding on Friday 14 March 2014, the inaugural event will start by the opening of the traffic exhibition by Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim al Kholaifi, the Director General of Public Security. Dignitaries from community leaders, company representatives and GCC traffic department officials will attend the function.

The traffic week event is an important annual event aimed at raising awareness and intensifying efforts to preserve the lives and public wealth, and the embodiment of cooperation and coordination between the brotherly GCC countries. It is intended to unify the campaigns along the GCC countries to ensure the safety of their people, since it started in 1984. The traffic departments in GCC are coincided to celebrate the event in March every year.

The week-long event consists of programmes, including awareness lectures by experts in traffic affairs, workshops and traffic-based entertainment targeting children. The department has set up a large tent at Darb Al Saai, to host all the events along with two theaters, one indoor and another outdoor.

Professor Tariq Habib will give his lecture based on the programmes to support families of the victims and those affected by traffic accidents, at Theater 1 in Katara Cultural Village, on Monday from 4 pm to 8 pm. The same lecture will be given on the third day in the Traffic department theater at 4 pm to 8 pm as well.

For the first time, an exhibition associated to the traffic week events will be held at Simaisma youth center with the theme ‘Darbka Khazir’ with the participation of youth centers including Simaisma, Al Dhakhira, Kaaban, Umm Qarn, Al Khor cultural committee, and Barzan youth center. In addition, an art competition will be held for school students. The traffic department has started the launch of traffic curriculum at four schools and it will be extended into all schools in Qatar in the near future.

According to Lieutenant Riyadh Ahmed, the coordinator of the GCC Traffic Week Events, this year’s event will be a memorable and most fruitful with lectures, exhibitions and campaigns. The visitors, participating in the cultural competitions will be honoured with gifts and awards. He added that special workshops to the students and on the importance of traffic signs in traffic control and preventing road accidents, the workshop ‘my driving is ideal’, and special shows will be staged as part of the programmes.

Ali Lahdan, the Director of Al Dhakira youth center, stated that the participation of youth centers in the traffic week events is guaranteed to reduce the road accidents by making the youths in the state aware of the matter. The exhibition will start on Monday and continue for one week, Hassan al Khuwari of Simaisma youth center informed.