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UAE driving legend urges youths to remain careful on the roads in Ramadan cartoon

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Published: Thu 26 Jul 2012, 8:40 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:33 PM

RALLY DRIVER MOHAMMED Ben Sulayem hopes his special cartoon TV message to young Emiratis will influence many to keep their passion for speed off the roads, and save lives.

Sulayem, the Arab world’s most successful driver, is a character in a special episode of the popular Shaabiat Al Cartoon programme which is being broadcast by Sama Dubai at 7.40pm each evening throughout the holy month.

The programme, sponsored by Etisalat, aims to increase awareness of the hazards of speeding on the highways and city streets of the Emirates, and Sulayem hopes it will help steer young Emiratis towards a safer future.

The 14-time FIA Middle East rally champion, who scored more than 60 international rally wins in his career before retiring from the sport in 2002, said, “You don’t win trophies for driving fast on public roads. You only risk your life, and those of others, and far too many young people perish this way.

“I only ever drove fast when I was competing. It doesn’t matter how good a driver you are, the only place for speed is in a properly controlled motor sport environment, well away from public traffic,” added Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE.

“If they want to race, the UAE has some of the best motor racing facilities in the world. There are plenty of opportunities to train for racing, and to race competitively, especially at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Autodrome.”

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