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.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.