Saudi authorities arrest 182 drug smugglers

Saudi authorities arrest 182 drug smugglers
Among the violators were 41 Saudis, 11 Ethiopians, seven Yemenis and two Pakistanis. (Supplied)
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Updated 06 May 2022

Saudi authorities arrest 182 drug smugglers

Saudi authorities arrest 182 drug smugglers

JAZAN: Saudi authorities foiled massive drug smuggling attempts in several regions of the Kingdom, arresting 182 people.

Patrols of the security regiments in the Jazan region arrested a citizen in the Faifa governorate with 175 kg of the narcotic plant khat in his possession.

In another attempt, the authorities also arrested 61 people involved in drug smuggling in the regions of Jazan, Najran and Asir.

Col. Misfir Al-Qarini, spokesman for the General Directorate of Border Guard, said that land patrols in the three regions thwarted attempts to smuggle 760 kg of hashish and almost 46 tons of khat.

Among the violators were 41 Saudis, 11 Ethiopians, seven Yemenis and two Pakistanis.

Al-Qarini also declared that land and sea patrols in the regions of Jazan, Najran, Asir, Jouf and Tabuk thwarted attempts to smuggle 708,910 amphetamine tablets, 136 kg of hashish and almost 801 tons of khat.

Authorities arrested 120 suspects, 40 of whom were Saudi citizens, while the 80 others included 47 Yemenis, 27 Ethiopians, two Somalis, two Egyptians, one Pakistani and one Jordanian.

All the smugglers were apprehended and referred to the appropriate agencies.


Saudi women participating in Makkah’s General Cars Syndicate for the first time

Women are now part of the General Syndicate of Cars for the first time, and the are proud and honored to work during Hajj.
Women are now part of the General Syndicate of Cars for the first time, and the are proud and honored to work during Hajj.
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Saudi women participating in Makkah’s General Cars Syndicate for the first time

Women are now part of the General Syndicate of Cars for the first time, and the are proud and honored to work during Hajj.
  • ‘Our leadership has made it possible for women to work, especially in all government sectors’

MAKKAH: Women will be part of the General Cars Syndicate in Makkah for the first time since it was set up nine decades ago.

The syndicate is an executive body that arranges and organizes pilgrim transportation through affiliated companies.

I am grateful that women now have more professional opportunities to participate and serve during Hajj.

Binan Basnan, Customer service specialist - General Syndicate of Cars

Khadijah Fida, a journalist and content creator at the syndicate, said: “A lot of women have been assisting with work for Hajj in the Kingdom for decades. I saw my father’s work in this sector, along with my brother and husband, and today I have also participated in it. Our leadership has made it possible for women to work, especially in all government sectors, and play an active role in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

(From L to R) Binan Basnan, Mervat Habhab & Khadijah Fida. (Supplied)

“Today, I represent the General Cars Syndicate in the media, public relations, creating quality material, and monitoring the successes of the transport information center during Hajj. I am proud and honored to be a woman from Makkah who works in the syndicate that greatly and actively contributes to the success of Hajj and the safe transport of pilgrims.

The syndicate is always working on creating and establishing an institutional framework for this association that has made a dramatic difference in transport in Makkah.

Khadija Fida, Journalist and content creator - General Syndicate of Cars

“We experience Makkah’s Hajj and Umrah seasons, and the syndicate is always working on creating and establishing an institutional framework for this association that has made a dramatic difference in transport in Makkah to bring comfort to pilgrims who (earlier) struggled on dirt roads to reach Makkah.”

Mervat Habhab, a customer service specialist at the syndicate’s information center, said that women’s roles had become more noticeable and significant.

“It is my mission to interact and address the situation of every beneficiary, based on their needs, and transport them to the relevant departments for a quick response and intervention. It is an honorable and wonderful mission to contribute to the service of pilgrims when those services were limited to men. In this prosperous era and these blessed days, I have the opportunity to play an important and active part as a woman from Makkah who loves God and her homeland.”

Habhab added that government support motivated them to improve their work performance every year.

Binan Basnan, another customer service specialist at the syndicate, said: “I am proud and honored to work in a great institution such as the General Cars Syndicate that serves pilgrims on their Hajj journey through receiving their inquiries and complaints. I am grateful that women now have more professional opportunities to participate and serve during Hajj. I hope to be rewarded (by God) and thank our government, which gave us these great opportunities.”


Guests of God Service Program seeks to enhance pilgrims’ Hajj experience

Saudi Arabia has launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia has launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings. (SPA)
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Guests of God Service Program seeks to enhance pilgrims’ Hajj experience

Saudi Arabia has launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings. (SPA)
  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has integrated smart systems to promote the safe travel of pilgrims during their stay in the holy cities to ensure they perform their religious rituals easily and safely

RIYADH: The Guests of God Service Program, which was inaugurated by King Salman in 2019, is one of Saudi Arabia’s key reform plans as part of its Vision 2030.

It seeks to host large numbers of pilgrims, facilitate their access to the Two Holy Mosques, ensure they have access to high-quality services through the most advanced technology, and enhance their cultural and spiritual experience.

It also seeks to ensure that pilgrims safely return to their countries of origin after completing all their rituals.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has integrated smart systems to promote the safe travel of pilgrims during their stay in the holy cities to ensure they perform their religious rituals easily and safely.

The first phase of smart systems went live in 2019 to assist pilgrims in their movement and safety.

Since then, the ministry has collaborated on digital transformation with technology firms and strategic partners to promote the application of smart solutions and facilitate the smooth implementation of all services.

It has also adopted an e-bracelet program for the safety of all pilgrims, which stores vital data and gives them support.

Ministry under-secretary Mohammed Al-Bijawi said: “We have performance indicators that show our complete readiness to provide an outstanding experience for pilgrims.”

The Kingdom has also launched an app called Smart Pilgrim for convenient ways of making Umrah ritual bookings, even by overseas pilgrims.

“We were keen to use technology in the Hajj and to use the smart card to contribute to the movement of pilgrims and the speed of access to their sites, and it will be applied in this year's Hajj,” said Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

 


Saudi minister meets Suriname foreign minister

Al-Jubeir meets Suriname foreign minister Albert R. Ramdin. (Supplied)
Al-Jubeir meets Suriname foreign minister Albert R. Ramdin. (Supplied)
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Saudi minister meets Suriname foreign minister

Al-Jubeir meets Suriname foreign minister Albert R. Ramdin. (Supplied)
  • The Saudi minister’s visit to the South American country came at the invitation of Ramdin to attend the CARICOM meeting

PARAMARIBO: Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir met Suriname Foreign Minister Albert R. Ramdin in the capital Paramaribo on Sunday.

Al-Jubeir, who is also the Kingdom’s climate envoy, met Ramdin on the sidelines of the Caribbean Community leaders’ meeting. Known as CARICOM, the intergovernmental organization is made up of 15 member states throughout the Caribbean.

During the meeting, both parties discussed regional and international issues of common interest and ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

The Saudi minister’s visit to the South American country came at the invitation of Ramdin to attend the CARICOM meeting.

Upon his arrival, Al-Jubeir was received by Suriname Defense Minister Krishna Mathoera and Minister of Economic Affairs, Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Kildesangha Reshma.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations
Updated 03 July 2022

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations

King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman congratulate President Biden on July 4th celebrations
  • President Biden is expected to make a trip to Saudi Arabia later this month

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have congratulated US President Joseph Biden on the upcoming July 4th Independence Day, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The King and crown prince expressed their heartfelt wishes for the President's health and happiness, as well as continued prosperity for the US.

The King also praised the countries' bilateral relations and the progress they are making in all fields.

President Biden is expected to make a trip to the Kingdom later this month.


Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched

Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched
Updated 03 July 2022

Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched

Campaign to welcome Hajj pilgrims in their language launched
  • 100 guides across the mosque are available to communicate fluently with pilgrims in 23 languages

RIYADH: The President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais launched the “We welcome you on the ground in your languages” campaign for Hajj pilgrims on Sunday.

The campaign aims to guide pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in their own languages so that they can communicate effectively and without hassle. 

100 guides across the mosque are available 24 hours a day to communicate fluently with pilgrims in 23 different languages.