Makkah hosts expo to raise awareness of drug dangers

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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Security and local officials participate in the opening ceremony of the drug awareness expo in Makkah on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 10 March 2019

Makkah hosts expo to raise awareness of drug dangers

  • Preventive measures, including raising of awareness, are key components of Saudi Arabia's anti-drug addiction campaign.

JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Narcotics Control organized an exhibition in Makkah on Sunday to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and their impact on individuals and society. 

The event was held with the participation of the assistant commander of the Royal Guard in Makkah, Maj. Gen. Sulaiman bin Fahd Al-Huthaili.

The commander of the Royal Guard’s 4th Security and Protection Battalion in Makkah, Adm. Khalid bin Ali Al-Akla, said: “Drugs today are the biggest threat to the youth. We have to stand united in the face of this destructive phenomenon, and fight it with all force and resolve through all the means possible in order to protect young people, who are at the center of the development process at all levels and represent the future leaders of our nation.”

The assistant director of drug control in Makkah, Adm. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Qurni, said: “Field work carried out by the directorate is accompanied by preventive measures aimed at raising awareness and protecting society.”

He added: “This exhibition … reflects the keenness of the Royal Guard in Makkah to clarify the impact of drugs on the minds and bodies of individuals.” 

He said the directorate “is ready to cooperate with all parties to eradicate this pandemic.”

Attendees visited the exhibition’s pavilions, where they were briefed on the various preventive programs being implemented. 


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.