Saudi Haj minister meets with Iranian Haj organization chairman

Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammad Benten with Chairman of Iranian Haj and Visit Organization Hameid Mohammadi, left. (SPA)
Updated 24 February 2017
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Saudi Haj minister meets with Iranian Haj organization chairman

JEDDAH: Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammad Benten met with the Chairman of Iranian Haj and Visit Organization Hameid Mohammadi and the accompanying delegation to discuss Iranian pilgrims affairs arrangements for the upcoming Haj season.
The meeting comes as part of sessions held by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah with all the delegations of Hajj affairs of the Islamic countries to discuss the arrangements of reception of pilgrims and their housing and movement to provide services that contribute to performing their rituals with ease.


Social media can play a key role in battle against drug abuse, forum told

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Social media can play a key role in battle against drug abuse, forum told

JEDDAH: The role of social media influencers in helping to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs was highlighted during a forum organized by the women’s supervision division of the General Directorate of Narcotics Control in Riyadh.

Titled “The Determination of a Nation,” the event, at the National Center for Measurement and Evaluation in Higher Education, was part of a program to support the UN’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Attended by a number of social-media celebrities and followers, the event was accompanied by an awareness exhibition featuring drug samples and smuggling tools.

Women’s supervision director Mona Al-Sherbini said: “The issue of drugs, its size, the ways to address it and the fact that it targets the young generation pushed us to give it more attention and care. These efforts will not work unless all concerned parties stick together and stop this issue from spreading in our society. This made it our responsibility, along with social media influencers, to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs.” 

The forum also included a screening of a documentary that explores the efforts of those involved in the fight against drugs, ways to deal with addicts, the role families play in the recovery process, cybercrimes, mental toughness, and treatment methods.