2 million narcotic pills seized, smuggler arrested in Makkah

Updated 24 March 2017

2 million narcotic pills seized, smuggler arrested in Makkah

JEDDAH: Anti-narcotic teams in Makkah arrested a resident who received nearly 2 million narcotic pills.
Saudi Customs announced through its account on Twitter that the Anti-Narcotic Department arrested a resident of the city who received 1,880,555 narcotic pills previously discovered by customs authorities.
Sources told Arab News customs authorities discovered the narcotics and police were notified. After joint coordination, the drugs were allowed to pass through while detective squads followed up on the shipment to arrest the individuals receiving the contraband inside Saudi Arabia. The party receiving the shipment, a foreign resident, was identified.
Regulatory procedures were taken to interrogate him pending reference to the appropriate jurisdiction agency.
In a separate incident, customs officers at the Durra border crossing at Jordan seized 15,000 Captagon pills in an attempt to smuggle them into the Kingdom. The pills were hidden inside a vehicle entering the customs area.
Durra Customs Director General Mohammad Al-Aboush said a private vehicle entered the customs area. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered the drugs hidden inside the rocker panels of the vehicle after being wrapped in blue carbon paper for camouflage.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.