Experts suggest ways to combat drug trafficking

Updated 15 October 2015

Experts suggest ways to combat drug trafficking

RIYADH: Prominent and top educators described drugs and terrorism as two sides of the same coin. Drugs are being smuggled into Arab countries in order to weaken their structure and the demolition of their security, they said.
They said this at an event organized by Naif Arab University. Top professors and officials in the Arab world, including Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sanad, head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) and Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shaer, undersecretary of Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, took part in the event.
The event was attended by 80 Arab experts, Arab, international non-governmental organizations, criminal justice agencies, security sectors, in addition to faculties of law and rights groups from 14 Arab countries — Jordan, the UAE, Bahrain, Algeria, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Egypt, Mauritania and Qatar.
In his speech, Al-Shaer said that the forum comes as part of the university’s responsibility in its fight against drugs — which is one of the most serious crimes facing the world.
He said, drug lords are targeting the youth which has prompted the international community to fight it in all its forms at all levels, and to search for the most effective techniques to combat it.
He said the seriousness of the crime from others is that those drug lords sit atop highly complex organizations, and there is vast networking on the regional and international scale.
In his speech Al-Sanad reaffirmed the gravity of drugs and the close association with deviant groups. He said that terrorism and drugs are two sides of the same coin, and that terrorism is fed stray ideas and funds drug networks, either in selling or promoting them.
He noted that the facts and statistics have shown that the financing of acts of terrorism and organizations are through the drug trade, as well as the recruitment of young people with stray and deviant ideas.

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”