Saudi customs officials foil pill smuggling attempt at Yanbu Airport

Fenethylline pills, also known as Captagon, were found hidden inside a wooden box in the base of a bag. (Reuters)
Updated 28 July 2018
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Saudi customs officials foil pill smuggling attempt at Yanbu Airport

  • Passenger attempted to smuggle 17,310 Fenethylline pills into the country
  • Pills were found hidden inside a wooden box in the base of a bag

RIYADH: Customs officials at Prince Abdulmohsen bin Abdulaziz Airport in Yanbu province foiled an attempt to smuggle 17,310 Fenethylline pills, concealed in a passenger’s baggage, into the country.
Customs Director Gen. Alaa Nahhas explained that during customs procedures on one of the inbound flights to the Kingdom, a customs officer suspected a traveler’s bag and searched it.
He found the Fenethylline pills, also know as Captagon, hidden inside a wooden box in the base of the bag, adding that the box was packaged with grain and carbon paper for camouflage purposes.
Gen. Nahhas pointed out that the necessary action was taken, adding this attempt highlighted the different techniques used to smuggle contraband.
Nahhas reaffirmed that Saudi customs is doing its utmost to prevent the entry of contraband to the Kingdom.


Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

The marketing plan of the village has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 January 2019
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Jeddah to host first global village in Saudi Arabia

  • “Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” Suzan Eskander said

JEDDAH: For the first time in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah will host a multicultural festival that takes visitors on a virtual tour of 50 countries.
The global village will be set up inside Atallah Happy Land Park along the city’s famous waterfront every day from 5 p.m. to midnight between Feb. 28 and March 29.
The event is one of many aiming to enhance tourism, as well as the local economy.
Suzan Eskander, director-general of International Image, the organizing company, told Arab News that the village is expected to attract 1 million visitors.
“Participants from some 50 countries have so far confirmed their interest in taking part in the festival, which will be held on an area of more than 45,000 square meters,” she said.
“There will be pavilions for participants from five Gulf Cooperation Council states, 10 Arab countries, 18 African countries, 10 European countries and four countries from the Americas.”
She added that folkloric dances would be performed by bands from each country.
“Performers will be dressed in traditional costumes,” she said. “Visitors can also enjoy dishes and traditional products from different countries.”
Eskander also said paintings portraying heritage and culture in the different countries would be on display.
“In addition, we are hopeful that the children’s zone will wow young visitors,” she said. “Little guests can develop their skills in drawing and games, as well as play zones.”
Eskander said the village was timed to coincide with the city’s good weather season, adding that a marketing plan has been put in place to target private and international schools to ensure high attendance. Eskander expressed her gratitude to the General Entertainment Authority for their continued support and cooperation.
“They have not only provided us instructions for obtaining the festival’s license, but are still following up to ensure that everything is going smoothly,” she said.