Foiled: Banned meat smuggling bid

Updated 23 March 2016
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Foiled: Banned meat smuggling bid

JEDDAH: Saudi Customs on Monday foiled an attempt to smuggle pork into the Kingdom at Al-Batha border crossing point with the UAE.
Customs officers seized 54 kg hidden under ice inside fridges being shipped by a truck into the Kingdom, said Abdulrahman Al-Muhanna, Al-Batha customs director general, on Tuesday. Pork is banned in the Kingdom and many other Muslim countries.
Saudi customs last month seized 20,376 bottles of assorted liquor that smugglers wanted to bring into the Kingdom.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.