Camels and desert lovers flock to Um Ruqaibah

Updated 15 December 2012
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Camels and desert lovers flock to Um Ruqaibah

Um Ruqaibah: Nafud’s vast desert fields witnessed over the past two days heavy attendance by participants in the festival of King Abdulaziz Pageantry Award For Camels at its 13th session.
The attendance also included lovers of desert nature and photography who flocked in the early hours of the morning to Um Ruqaibah from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad to enjoy the atmosphere of the desert, and watch dozens of local species of camels.
Um Ruqaibah also witnessed the influx of thousands of interested visitors and observers of the festival of Um Ruqaibah for pageant camels, to watch the popular market of camels, cattle and heritage exhibits, as well as exhibits and handmade textiles offered by artisans in the market.
The crowds enhanced the pace of sale and purchase of camels at varying prices in the popular market.
Last week, the Pageantry parade of 2,016 yellow camels was held in the desert of Um Ruqaibah in front of the jury chaired by Prince Abdullah bin Saad bin Jalawi, the Chairman of the Festival’s Jury of King Abdulaziz Prize for pageant Camels.
--SPA


Saudi border guards thwart attempts to smuggle more than half a ton of cannabis

Updated 8 min 40 sec ago
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Saudi border guards thwart attempts to smuggle more than half a ton of cannabis

RIYADH: The Saudi Border Guards managed to foil several attempts to smuggle a total of 646 kg of cannabis, and arrested a total of 40 people, in the period between Jun. 15 to Jul. 13, according to a border guards spokesman.
He explained that the operation, carried out in Jazan, Najran and Asir regions, falls within the framework of carrying out the tasks of the border guards to counter the attempts of criminal networks that are involved in the smuggling of narcotics through the Kingdom’s land and sea borders.
The spokesman said that the suspects and narcotics seized were referred to the competent authorities to complete the legal procedures.
The forty people were arrested after they were monitored crossing the Kingdom’s southern borders, and they included 23 Ethiopians, two Somali nationals, nine Yemenis, two Saudis and two people with unknown identifications.
The spokesman stressed that the border guards will not hesitate in carrying out their duties against anyone who tries to violate the border security or illegally bypass, and they will be dealt with firmly and accordingly.