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Driving out drug abuse
By A Staff Reporter March 11, 2018
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DUBAI: Over 100 classic cars took to the streets during Hemaya Ride, a parade that started from “City Walk” in Dubai on Friday, to raise awareness about the launch of the 13th edition of “Hemaya International Forum & Exhibition on Drug Issues” in Dubai, being held under the theme “Foreseeing the Future of the Global Combat of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances: Predictions, Preparations and Prevention Strategies for 2030”.

Hemaya Ride was attended by Lt. Colonel Dr Abdurrahman Sharaf, Acting Director of the International Training Service Centre and General Coordinator of the Hemaya Forum, Dr Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding, and a number of officers and more than 100 participants from different cities in the UAE and the GCC.

The Hemaya International Forum & Exhibition, which is taking place from Mar.12-13 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, is held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. The Hemaya International Forum and Exhibition is one of the most important events organised by the Dubai Police and INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and a number of regional and international partners. This year, the Hemaya International Forum will focus on issues related to drug addiction, as well as finding effective solutions to combat and prevent the prevalence of drug abuse in our communities.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding, said, “We are very pleased with the participation of various government agencies and supporting bodies along with a number of community members in this initiative towards combating drug addiction in our communities and we look forward to highlighting this very important topic in Hemaya International Forum on Drug Issues, this year. It is extremely important to raise awareness about the negative impact of drug addiction and the dangers associated with drug abuse in our communities and we fully support the preventive efforts of the global community, concerned bodies and all various stakeholders in their fight towards eradicating the menace of drug abuse in the UAE and abroad.”

He added, “The 13th edition of ‘Hemaya International Forum & Exhibition on Drug Issues’ in Dubai is expected to attract over 1200 visitors and participants from the region and the world and will discuss the latest developments in the field of drug control and prevention while also develop a scientific approach to deal with drug abuse and addiction in our society.”

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