Crackdown on fake sports products in Saudi Arabia

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Counterfeited and a commercial fraud of sportswear. (mci.gov)
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Counterfeited and a commercial fraud of sportswear. (mci.gov)
Updated 05 March 2017
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Crackdown on fake sports products in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Investment said it is implementing stricter measures to curb the spread of counterfeit products, and has already launched a crackdown on fake sporting goods.
The ministry’s consumer protection division will form a team with the task of receiving and investigating complaints against the dealers of fake products, in coordination with customs authorities, reported Al Watan Arabic newspaper.
It will then determine the location of perpetrators and have them arrested and referred to courts, it was reported.
Fahad Al-Huthaili, assistant undersecretary for consumer protection at the ministry, told the newspaper that the ministry has already referred cases involving fake sportswear to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution.
They will be tried and punished as per Saudi trademark, copyright and commercial fraud regulations.
He said the ministry and the General Sports Commission have carried out inspections of over 3,755 outlets around the Kingdom in an effort to protect sport clubs’ trademarks. The inspections resulted in the confiscation of 71,157 fake products and the issuance of 558 violations.
Al-Huthaili reiterated the ministry’s call on clubs to urgently register their trademarks to preserve their rights as the logos are of significant investment value.


King Salman attends closing ceremony of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near Riyadh

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King Salman attends closing ceremony of King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near Riyadh

RIYADH: King Salman on Saturday attended the closing ceremony of the 3rd King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival near the capital Riyadh.

The king was received on his arrival by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, and a number of officials.

The king welcomed Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s representative Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al-Saadi, Kyrgyz Premier Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, representative of the King of Bahrain for Charity Works and Youth Affairs Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and other guests at the camel festival’s closing ceremony. The king then handed prizes to winners of the festival. King Salman and the attendees also watched a folk dance performance.

Saudi Camel Club Chairman Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin said that the king’s patronage of the closing ceremony was the culmination of efforts to organize the festival and consolidate its heritage.