Honey festival kicks off in Mahail in southern KSA

The first honey festival kicks off in Mahail province where some 22 bee breeders and honey producers from inside and outside of the Province joined in the festival. (AN Photo)
Updated 15 January 2018

Honey festival kicks off in Mahail in southern KSA

MAHAIL: The first honey festival kicked off last Wednesday in Mahail province where some 22 bee breeders and honey producers from inside and outside of the Province joined in the festival.
The supervisor of the festival, Ali bin Saman, said the honey market in Mahail used to sell large quantities of honey annually, a matter that prompted official authorities to adopt the idea of a festival. From the very beginning, the festival witnessed enormous purchases by visitors, he said.
He said an expert committee applies quality control standards on a daily basis where all types of honey are subject to quality checks and where visitors are asked to provide their remarks on the quality of the products.
He said a full-prepared hall was set up to accommodate more than 22 exhibitors, in addition to a location for public auctions as well as other corners (wings) for the products of government agencies, including the branch Ministry of Environment and Agriculture and bee breeders in Abha.
Saman reported that visitors have said prices were reasonable and affordable compared to prices in other markets. The displayed products are of this season’s product which are of good value and taste, he said.
He said demand goes up for certain types including Sidra, Majari, Dhahayyan and Samrah, where one kilo is ranging between SR400-1,000 ($106-266), visitors said, adding that the first two types are more in demand.


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.