Striking logo gives Saudi Crown Prince Camel Festival a racing start

Updated 30 June 2018
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Striking logo gives Saudi Crown Prince Camel Festival a racing start

  • Local and international camel owners will compete for total prize money of SR45 million ($12 million)
  • A total of 658 rounds have been allocated to camel races during the festival, starting with warm-up rounds, followed by two production and marathon rounds, and concluding with closing rounds as the festival ends

JEDDAH: The Saudi Arabian Camels Federation on Saturday launched the logo for the Crown Prince Camel Festival to be held from Aug. 11 to Sept. 2 in Taif under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The festival’s logo combines eye-catching images of camels and Taif roses, the festival’s media center said.
A total of 658 rounds have been allocated to camel races during the festival, starting with warm-up rounds, followed by two production and marathon rounds, and concluding with closing rounds as the festival ends.
Racing will begin on Aug. 11 with the camel categories — Mafarid, Haqqa, Laqaya, Jatha’a, Thanaya, Heil, Zamoul and Soudaniyat — vying for prizes.
Local and international camel owners will compete for total prize money of SR45 million ($12 million).
The festival will also feature sports, cultural and entertainment activities alongside educational workshops for camel owners and visitors interested in camel sports.
The Saudi Mass Participation Federation will join the festival’s sports programs along with performances by folk groups and an exhibition of camel products.
Preparations for the festival are being coordinated by several groups at the Taif camel field, the media center confirmed.
The center urged people to visit the official Twitter account of the Saudi Arabian Camels Federation (@scrfsa) for information on the festival’s agenda.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.