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UAE University Students Participate in FedEx Driving Skills Challenge

From left to right) Seif Eldick, Roshanara Sait, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen, Maher Hasbin, Al Malek Ossama Issam El Halabi, Rameez Abdul Salam and Zubair Ansan

Road Safety Campaign Leaves Strong Impact on Students

April 2, 2013 3:47 by

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 2, 2013FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced the winners of the FedEx Driving Skills challenge conducted at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Dubai Men’s campus   As part of a week-long road safety campaign organized at five universities in Dubai, the driving competition focused on road safety and safe driving techniques   It was attended by the nominees and their colleagues from each of the participating universities.

The winning six safe drivers who demonstrated their driving skills while manoeuvring around a makeshift driving track were presented with trophies.  Sara Y, Alya S and Rehab S, are from HCT Dubai Women’s College, and the male winners are Al Malek Ossama Issam El Halabi – American University in Dubai, Rameez Abdul Salam- BITS Pilani, and Zubair Ansan – Manipal University.  The winners were also appointed as ‘Road Safety Ambassadors’ to help create an awareness of the importance of safe driving skills.

“The FedEx Driving Skills Challenge is a perfect opportunity to share our company values with the community we live in.  We are delighted to be a part of this campaign and we hope that the lessons learned through the program continue to be followed by the 1,500 students who attended the sessions.” said Maher R. Hasbini, managing director, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa Operations.

Organized by Ciel Marketing & Events and endorsed by Dubai Police and the Emirates Motor Sports Association, the FedEx Driving Skills Challenge conducted a series of lectures at each participating college.  Videos, presentations and live demonstrations focused on driver awareness, seating position, seat belt and mobile phone usage while driving. Special emphasis was placed on the Safe Driving Triangle—confidence, awareness and anticipation—which is crucial for safe driving.

During the awards ceremony, Al Malek Ossama Issam El Halabi said, “While it was just a fun activity for me, I adopted many of the useful points demonstrated and discussed during the presentation at our university by the trainers.  I made a conscious effort to use the techniques suggested and it improved my confidence to manoeuvre the car with more agility and without any penalties.”

The five universities which participated in the program are Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Women’s Campus, Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Men’s Campus, BITS Pilani, American University in Dubai and Manipal University.



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From left to right:


Seif Eldick – Senior Marketing Specialist, FedEx Express


Roshanara Sait – Director, Ciel Marketing & Events


Maj. Gen. Mohammed Saif Al Zafeen – Director of General Traffic Dept., Dubai Police

Maher Hasbini – Managing Director, FedEx Express


Al Malek Ossama Issam El Halabi – American University in Dubai


Rameez Abdul Salam – BITS Pilani


Zubair Ansan – Manipal University



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