JEDDAH: The Saudi Border Guards’ efforts to protect the Kingdom, eradicate illegal drug imports and arrest smugglers have been highlighted in a permanent exhibition at the National Committee for Narcotics Control headquarters.
Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director-general of the Saudi Border Guards and a member of the national committee, opened the exhibition on Thursday.
Committee spokesman Bandar bin Abdullah Al-Rumaihi praised the Border Guards’ work and said visitors to the exhibition, including university and school students, will gain an insight into the formidable tasks facing the organization.
Security organizations have a major part to play in the renaissance and development of the Kingdom in different fields, he said.
The exhibition offers a guide to the Border Guards’ hi-tech equipment, including armored vehicles and thermal cameras used to trap smugglers, as well as information sections on drugs and future projects.
Photographs of Border Guards officers who lost their lives protecting the country are also displayed.
The exhibition also focuses on the organization’s sea search and rescue operations, and programs the directorate is working on to achieve future goals.
After opening the exhibition, Al-Balawi and his delegation visited the National Center of Drug Addiction Consultations and the electronic surveillance radar Manar.
Al-Balawi also met with the secretary-general and leaders of the two organizations to discuss joint cooperation to eradicate illegal drugs.