Anti-drugs chief: Saudi government efforts against drugs ‘relentless’

Abdulilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, secretary-general of the National Committee for Narcotics Control, at the awareness forum at Jeddah University. (SPA)
Updated 06 October 2017
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Anti-drugs chief: Saudi government efforts against drugs ‘relentless’

JEDDAH: The government’s efforts in the “fierce” war on drugs are “relentless,” said Abdulilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, secretary-general of the National Committee for Narcotics Control.
“Thank God, the government has made outstanding accomplishments in combating drug dealers,” said Al-Sharif, who is also chairman of the National Committee for Combating Drugs (Nebras).
“The news of drug-smuggling operations thwarted by our security forces and customs is enough evidence of the grave danger targeting the country and its youth.”
Al-Sharif said the General Secretariat of the National Committee for Narcotics Control has launched several initiatives, and partnered with various government agencies and private companies, to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs.
He made these remarks during a keynote speech at the launch of an awareness forum organized by Nebras at Jeddah University, which was attended by Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Abdulfattah Mashat.
A visual presentation about the government’s anti-drug efforts was shown, as was a film about Nebras.
This was followed by a keynote speech by Jeddah University Vice President Adnan Al-Humaidan.
“The government has put so much effort into combatting drugs and fighting drug dealers, and has opened private rehab centers and hospitals to treat addicts,” he said.
Nebras adviser Salah Minshawi gave a lecture about types of drugs and their chemical structures.


Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

Updated 22 July 2018
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Thousands attend Saudi Arabia’s 11th Honey Festival

JEDDAH: Visitors flocked to Saudi Arabia’s 11th International Honey Festival in the southwestern region of Baha.
The attendees and participants praised the festival’s events and the variety of honey products featured at the exhibition.
The exhibition also attracted visitors from outside the region, who were interested in participating in the festival.
Visitors, quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), described how they enjoyed all the exhibitions included in the festival, praising the success they had witnessed and the festival’s various attracting events.
The festival has greatly contributed to boosting local tourism.
The festival aims to help beekeepers promote their products in a professional manner and is also financially rewarding.
It also offers vacationers an opportunity to purchase honey from authentic sellers.
The festival is considered the most prominent for honey producers and apiarists in the Middle East.
It also falls in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which aims to propel Saudi Arabia as a main producer of honey both regionally and internationally.
It also aims to develop the industry for nutritional and medicinal purposes.