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Saudi women take part in the General Cars Syndicate in Makkah for the first time

MAKKAH: Women will be part of the General Cars Syndicate in Makkah for the first time since its inception nine decades ago.

The union is an executive body that organizes and organizes the transport of pilgrims through affiliated companies.

I am grateful that women now have more professional opportunities to participate and serve during Hajj.

Binan BasnanAccount Manager – General Union of the Automobile

Khadijah Fida, a journalist and content creator with the union, said: “Many women have been involved in Hajj work in the Kingdom for decades. I saw the work of my father in this sector, with my brother and my husband, and today I also took part in it. Our leadership has enabled women to work, especially in all government sectors, and to play an active role in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

(Left to right) Binan Basnan, Mervat Habhab and Khadijah Fida. (Provided)

“Today, I represent the General Cars Syndicate in media, public relations, creating quality materials, and following up on the successes of the Transportation Information Center during the Hajj. I am proud and honored to be a woman from Makkah who works in the union which greatly and actively contributes to the success of Hajj and the safe transportation of pilgrims.

The union is still working on the creation and establishment of an institutional framework for this association which has made a dramatic difference in transport in Makkah.

Khadija FidaJournalist and content creator – Syndicat Général de l’Automobile

“We live in the seasons of Hajj and Umrah in Makkah, and the union is still working to create and establish an institutional framework for this association which has made a dramatic difference in transport in Makkah to bring comfort to pilgrims who (previously) struggled on dirt roads to reach Mecca.

Mervat Habhab, customer service specialist at the union’s information centre, said the role of women had become more visible and prominent.

“My mission is to interact and address the situation of each beneficiary, according to their needs, and transport them to the relevant services for a rapid response and intervention. It is an honorable and wonderful mission to contribute to the service of pilgrims when these services were reserved for men. In this prosperous era and in these blessed days, I have the opportunity to play an important and active role as a woman from Makkah who loves God and her motherland.

Habhab added that government support inspires them to improve their job performance every year.

Binan Basnan, another customer service specialist from the union, said, “I am proud and honored to work in a great institution such as the General Cars Syndicate which serves pilgrims on their Hajj trip by receiving their inquiries and their complaints. I am grateful that women now have more professional opportunities to participate and serve during Hajj. I hope to be rewarded (by God) and thank our government, which has given us these great opportunities.

James C. Tibbs