Saudi Border Guards intercept two boats smuggling 500kg of cannabis

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Saudi Arabia’s Border Guards thwarted two attempts to smuggle cannabis via two boats by sea. (Twitter/@BG994)
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Saudi Arabia’s Border Guards thwarted two attempts to smuggle cannabis via two boats by sea. (Twitter/@BG994)
Updated 18 August 2019

Saudi Border Guards intercept two boats smuggling 500kg of cannabis

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Border Guards have intercepted two boats attempting to smuggle large quantities of cannabis into the Kingdom.
The boats were intercepted off the coast of Makkah province recently, although no exact date was provided.
They were “spotted entering the regional sea from Yemeni waters,” Border Guards spokesman Lt. Col. Misfer bin Ghannam Al-Quraini said.
The first boat was attempting to reach Jeddah when it was captured. Three Yemeni nationals were arrested trying to smuggle around 300 kilograms of cannabis.
The second boat was spotted two days after the first operation and was carrying more than 200 kilograms of hashish. Four Yemenis were arrested in Qunfudah port.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah