‘Constant efforts’ behind Jeddah festival success

Updated 12 July 2015

‘Constant efforts’ behind Jeddah festival success

JEDDAH: Continuous efforts to change events and activities to suit the taste of visitors has made the Jeddah Summer Festival an attraction for not only local visitors, but also international tourists since it was launched 17 years ago, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed has said.

The prince, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Organizing Committee of festival, was speaking on the occasion of the Kingdom’s achievement as emerging fifth in the report of the travel and tourism competitiveness 2015, and the 64th globally.
Jeddah Summer Festival was described as the first summer festival at the level of the Kingdom’s regions and the Middle East countries that worked on rooting the integrated teamwork and consolidating the efforts of all government and private sectors to provide the Saudi tourism product in its rich identity and traditions.
Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary General Adnan bin Hussein Mandoura said the economic sector, encompassing the tourism sector, is one of the largest beneficiaries of such festivals.
He expected the Jeddah festival to realize significant distinction through the cooperation of all parties concerned. “All implementing bodies will ensure the success of the festival in this year’s edition.”
Mandurah said the festival will work toward further developing its programs and activities to be the strongest and longest festival, extending for 30 days right after the second day of Eid Al-Fitr. The festival will be preceded by an advertising campaign worth up to SR10 million.
Hassan Dahlan, deputy secretary-general of JCCI, said the festival will involve over 120 recreational, marketing and cultural activities.


Currency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

Updated 17 August 2019

Currency smugglers caught at Madinah airport

  • The passengers, who hid the money in their luggage, were intending to travel to four different destinations
  • Saudi Customs said that the Anti-Money Laundering Law requires all passengers carrying cash or precious metals that exceed the value of SR60,000 to complete a declaration form

MADINAH: Four passengers were caught attempting to smuggle SR3.093 million ($804,010) out of Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah.
The passengers, who hid the money in their luggage, were intending to travel to four different destinations, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, director of customs at the airport, said that the first attempt consisted of SR948,300 hidden in the passenger’s clothes.
He added that another attempt used the same strategy, and customs found SR679,000 in his clothes.
In the third attempt, the smuggler tried to conceal SR415,500 in metal cans hidden in his luggage.
The fourth passenger attempted to hide SR1.050 million in a pair of trousers in his luggage.
Al-Ghamdi added that the smugglers could not prove the legitimacy of the money, which reinforced the possibility of it being related to money laundering.
Saudi Customs said that the Anti-Money Laundering Law requires all passengers carrying cash or precious metals that exceed the value of SR60,000 to complete a declaration form. Failing to do so would be considered an explicit breach of the law.