Dr Rashid Al Ammari, Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji and Dr Khalifa Al Khallifa during the ceremony.
DOHA: Best entries to the competition on traffic safety awareness programme organised by Qatar University’s Qatar Road Safety Studies Centre (QRSSC) have been recognised on Thursday
The competition was part of an awareness campaign on pedestrian safety launched by the centre in line with the UN Week for Safety on Roads commemorated in May.
The competition included three categories — best video (universities), best article (secondary and preparatory schools) and best poster (primary schools).
QU students Merna Ammar and Alaa Shehada were named winners of the best video by a judging panel, followed by Irfan Mansoor and Rehan Feliz Pinto of Stenden University; and Ibrahim Arar and Ihab Meqdad of QU. A distinguished award decided by the centre was presented to Ahmed Al Mukhtar and Khalifa Al Merri also of QU.
Best Article (secondary) winners were Jassim bin Hamad Secondary Independent School for Boys and Ahmed bin Hanbal Secondary Independent School for Boys, while Hamza bin Abdullmutallib Preparatory School for Boys, and Osama Bin Zaid Preparatory School for Boys won in the category for preparatory schools. Al Tha’ayen Primary Independent School for Girls and Umm Al Ammad Primary School for Girls won Best Poster (primary).
A total of 90 students participated and 76 entries were submitted which included 16 from universities, 20 from secondary, 30 from primary and 10 from preparatory schools.
The winners were felicitated at the ceremony which was attended by QRSSC Director Dr Khalifa Al Khallifa, QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham, and VP for Academic Affairs Dr Mazen Hasna, Director Qatar Traffic Department Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, General Secretary of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Mohamed Al Malki, QU College of Engineering Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari, a number of CENG members and representatives from Maersk Oil.
Dr Al Khalifa stressed the importance of road safety in terms of driver and pedestrian welfare and the role of the centre to continue to raise awareness throughout the community, especially among young drivers. He thanked Maersk Oil for its sponsorship of the event and daily communications with the centre to set competition rules, monitor entries and publicize it to the Qatari community. “Maersk Oil’s role in this competition is highly appreciated and we are looking forward to further cooperation”, he added. Dr Al Khalifa also recognised other centre partners for their support of the centre’s traffic safety efforts.
Maersk Oil Deputy Managing Director Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani said: “I am pleased to see yet another meaningful collaboration between Maersk Oil and Qatar University. Road safety is very near and dear to all of us in Qatar and engaging and instilling the youth with a sense of responsibility and involving them in the solution is necessary. I am grateful to the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Interior who supported this initiative under its highly successful One Second national road safety communication platform.”