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As Saudi Vision 2030 boosts tourism, digital transformation can optimize costs and guest experiences, Enova says ahead of SEA Jeddah, 21-23 April.  . Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 17 April 2019:   Ahead of the Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) exhibition in Jeddah from 21-23 April 2019, Enova, the Middle East’s leading... ... Read more
April 17, 2019:  A global trendsetter in the world of Haute Horlogerie, AIGNER debuts a refreshing update to its collection by introducing a range of timepieces and accessories that celebrate the spirit of giving during the holy month. The fashionable collection highlights designs, techniques, and materials that imbue sophistication with ... ... Read more
Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2019:  The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), and the Internet Society held their first regional workshop on enabling the digital infrastructure in the Middle East region.  The workshop was attended by delegates from KSA, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and the Internet Society.The Arab governments have... ... Read more
The feature, exclusive to Saudi, falls under ‘Masaruky’ and is designed to give women driver-partners in Saudi Arabia the choice to select a preference of women riders A global first for Uber, the feature aims to provide greater access to economic opportunities for Saudi women, whilst being mindful of the cultural contextRiyadh, Saudi ... ... Read more
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 15th April 2019 –   HONOR, the leading smartphone e-brand, debuts its retail presence in Saudi Arabia with the launch of its first shop-in-shop at Jarir Ahasa Showroom in Riyadh. The opening presents youth in the Kingdom the opportunity to access HONOR’s robust portfolio of devices and accessor... ... Read more
The First Saudi Global Forum in Washington D.C. USA highlights the significance of female participation in all aspects of Saudi societyOver the last two years, Saudi Arabia has been going through a groundbreaking period of transformation that is focused on diversifying its oil-dependent economy, and that has improved the rights and mobility of the ... ... Read more
Game-changing, fully-enclosed First Class private suites to debut for first time in the GCCApril 14, 2019:  In a move to offer a range of experiences and greater choice for its customers travelling for business and leisure, Emirates will be operating its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer' First Class suit... ... Read more
Places the spotlight on new home security devices making it easier for residents to monitor their property from anywhere.Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – April 14, 2019:  Ring, a company on a mission to reduce crime in neighbourhoods, is participating in Intersec Saudi Arabia 2019. The company is promoting its innovative home security p... ... Read more
Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2019:  Introducing Anonymous, a new streetwear label from Saudi Arabia. Celebrating our rich diversity and what binds us together, Anonymous resonates with unconditional love. It is for the mystics, poets, lovers and dreamers. For all those who believe.The unisex streetwear label debuts the first collection, which featu... ... Read more
April 11, 2019:  When Philippe Cassegrain created Le Pliage® by Longchamp back in 1993, he was inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami. Now a new collaboration, initiated by the next generation of Longchamp’s founding family, brings the iconic foldable bag full circle, as it is reinterpreted by the Tokyo-based design studio n... ... Read more
The Kingdom is the second biggest aviation market in ME  100 million passengers passed through Saudi airports in 2018 The Kingdom working to privatize all 27 existing airports Dammam Airports takes up biggest stand Technology helping streamline business processes Dubai, April 10, 2019:   The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29... ... Read more
New leisure and tourism facilities forecast to fuel domestic tourism at 8% per year until 2023, says new Arabian Travel Market report 33% of delegates, exhibitors and visitors to Arabian Travel Market interested in doing business with the KingdomDubai, UAE, April 10, 2019:  Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contrib... ... Read more
OMEN by HP sponsors Gamerscon Khobar HP Sponsored Osh-Tekk Warriors take gold at Gamerscon Overwatch tournamentKhobar, Saudi Arabia – April 10, 2019 –   For the fourth year running, OMEN by HP was the main sponsor for Gamerscon Saudi Arabia which took place in Khobar between 28-30 March 2019. The event saw gaming enthusiasts ... ... Read more
OMEN by HP sponsors Gamerscon Khobar HP Sponsored Osh-Tekk Warriors take gold at Gamerscon Overwatch tournamentKhobar, Saudi Arabia – April 10, 2019 –   For the fourth year running, OMEN by HP was the main sponsor for Gamerscon Saudi Arabia which took place in Khobar between 28-30 March 2019. The event saw gaming enthusiasts ... ... Read more
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Company launches Polo shirt made from recycled plastic bottles and dyed with a waterless process; commits to removing 170 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025 April 18, 2019:  Polo Ralph Lauren is reimagining its iconic Polo shirt with Mother Nature in mind. Introducing the Earth Polo, crafted from thread derived entirely from recycled plastic bottles and dyed in an innovative process that uses zero water. Each Earth Polo is made from an average of 12 plastic bottles.  “Ralph Lauren will commit to removing at least 170 million bottles from landfills and oceans by 2025. Plastic waste is a major issue threatening the environment  – we want ......read more

As Saudi Vision 2030 boosts tourism, digital transformation can optimize costs and guest experiences, Enova says ahead of SEA Jeddah, 21-23 April   Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 17 April 2019:   Ahead of the Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) exhibition in Jeddah from 21-23 April 2019, Enova, the Middle East’s leading energy and facilities management specialist, reaffirms the importance of integrated Energy & Facilities Management services for the Kingdom’s nearly SAR 86 billion tourism and hospitality sector. Combined smart facilities management and sustainable energy efficiency solutions are not only crucial for an optimized and comfortable visitor ......read more

April 17, 2019:  A global trendsetter in the world of Haute Horlogerie, AIGNER debuts a refreshing update to its collection by introducing a range of timepieces and accessories that celebrate the spirit of giving during the holy month.  The fashionable collection highlights designs, techniques, and materials that imbue sophistication with fineness.  Vibrant colors have painted the imagination of the Maison with timepieces featuring beautiful radiant mother-of-pearl dials. The collection reflects on the theme of the season – minimalism meets realism.  Timeless and artistic, the collection intrigues with its design. The AIGNER typography is a strong presence ......read more

Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2019:  The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), and the Internet Society held their first regional workshop on enabling the digital infrastructure in the Middle East region.  The workshop was attended by delegates from KSA, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and the Internet Society. The Arab governments have all either embraced or started implementing their digital transformation strategies.  The Internet infrastructure has become the basic infrastructure for the entire digital transformation.  Global research shows that the enabling factors are infrastructure, digital skills and entrepreneurship, and good governance.  The worksh ......read more

The feature, exclusive to Saudi, falls under ‘Masaruky’ and is designed to give women driver-partners in Saudi Arabia the choice to select a preference of women riders A global first for Uber, the feature aims to provide greater access to economic opportunities for Saudi women, whilst being mindful of the cultural context Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 15 April 2019 –   Today, Uber announced the launch of a new “Women Preferred View” feature for women drivers in Saudi Arabia, which provides them with a choice in selecting a preference to be connected to women riders. A global first for Uber, the Women Preferred feature underwent a pilot run last year ......read more

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 15th April 2019 –   HONOR, the leading smartphone e-brand, debuts its retail presence in Saudi Arabia with the launch of its first shop-in-shop at Jarir Ahasa Showroom in Riyadh. The opening presents youth in the Kingdom the opportunity to access HONOR’s robust portfolio of devices and accessories. The shop-in-shop is designed to create a comprehensive retail experience optimizing access to HONOR’s latest products and services all under one roof. The setting of the shop-in-shop in the bookstore showroom is targeted to appeal to a youth demographic that is driven by trends and fashion which resonate with HONOR’s spirit and ......read more

The First Saudi Global Forum in Washington D.C. USA highlights the significance of female participation in all aspects of Saudi society Over the last two years, Saudi Arabia has been going through a groundbreaking period of transformation that is focused on diversifying its oil-dependent economy, and that has improved the rights and mobility of the Kingdom’s women. To mark this milestone phase in the country’s history, lifestyle portal AboutHer has created The AboutHer Global Forum (AGF), a platform dedicated to honoring and celebrating trailblazing Saudi women at the forefront of the country’s advancement and progress. The first edition of AGF will be held on April 1 ......read more

Game-changing, fully-enclosed First Class private suites to debut for first time in the GCC April 14, 2019:  In a move to offer a range of experiences and greater choice for its customers travelling for business and leisure, Emirates will be operating its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with the ‘Game Changer' First Class suites from Dubai to Riyadh starting from 16 April  2019 and Kuwait starting from 1 June 2019. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East & Iran said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will be the first countries in the Middle East and GCC to be served by the latest Emirates Boeing 777 airc ......read more

Places the spotlight on new home security devices making it easier for residents to monitor their property from anywhere. Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – April 14, 2019:  Ring, a company on a mission to reduce crime in neighbourhoods, is participating in Intersec Saudi Arabia 2019. The company is promoting its innovative home security products and services, giving customers and neighbours the opportunity to experience Ring products firsthand and to learn about the devices’ features and benefits. “Following Ring’s launch into the Middle East last year, we are excited to showcase our security products and solutions at Intersec,” said Mohammad Meraj Ho ......read more

Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2019:  Introducing Anonymous, a new streetwear label from Saudi Arabia. Celebrating our rich diversity and what binds us together, Anonymous resonates with unconditional love. It is for the mystics, poets, lovers and dreamers. For all those who believe. The unisex streetwear label debuts the first collection, which features a range of unisex tees. The 100% cotton tees are designed in Saudi Arabia and feature an eclectic combination of hand-painted motifs, graphics and calligraphy. Inspired by the mystique of underlying unity in cultural diversity, you will see Japanese, Sanskrit and Arabic words in each piece showcasing how they beautifully come together and c ......read more

April 11, 2019:  When Philippe Cassegrain created Le Pliage® by Longchamp back in 1993, he was inspired by the ancient Japanese art of origami. Now a new collaboration, initiated by the next generation of Longchamp’s founding family, brings the iconic foldable bag full circle, as it is reinterpreted by the Tokyo-based design studio nendo. Nendo, which was founded in 2002 by Oki Sato, aims to create designs that generate what it calls “!” moments in everyday life. Its philosophy is based on reshaping everyday objects to make us look at them afresh, thus enriching our daily lives and experience. This ethos is clearly demonstrated by its intriguing reinterpretation ......read more

The Kingdom is the second biggest aviation market in ME  100 million passengers passed through Saudi airports in 2018 The Kingdom working to privatize all 27 existing airports Dammam Airports takes up biggest stand Technology helping streamline business processes  Dubai, April 10, 2019:   The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29 April - 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) will see the participation of Saudi Arabia’s prominent aviation industry players as the ongoing efforts to develop airport facilities and infrastructure picks up the pace ahead of plans to privatize the 27 existing airports.  Leading the ......read more

New leisure and tourism facilities forecast to fuel domestic tourism at 8% per year until 2023, says new Arabian Travel Market report 33% of delegates, exhibitors and visitors to Arabian Travel Market interested in doing business with the Kingdom Dubai, UAE, April 10, 2019:  Saudi Arabia’s travel and tourism sector is expected to contribute $70.9 billion (SAR 263.1 billion) in total to the country’s GDP in 2019, according to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council, as exhibitors prepare to showcase what the Kingdom has to offer at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which is being held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 20 ......read more

OMEN by HP sponsors Gamerscon Khobar HP Sponsored Osh-Tekk Warriors take gold at Gamerscon Overwatch tournament Khobar, Saudi Arabia – April 10, 2019 –   For the fourth year running, OMEN by HP was the main sponsor for Gamerscon Saudi Arabia which took place in Khobar between 28-30 March 2019. The event saw gaming enthusiasts from across the Kingdom attend and enjoy various activities.     The highlight of the events was the Overwatch championship, powered by OMEN, which pitted eight of the best teams in the Kingdom against each other to compete for the title of this years champions using OMEN 17 laptops. HP sponsored, Osh-Tekk Warriors, c ......read more

Riyadh, KSA, 10 April 2019, --   Xerox hosted an interactive workshop in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) educating its customers about how the company’s latest production technology and personalization solutions can meet current experiential demands. The seminar was conducted on the 7th of March at the new PSG Showroom in the Eastern Province of KSA.   Through activities involving demonstrations of Xerox’s latest personalized solutions, including Iridesse Production Press, customers learnt how to grow their businesses and unleash new potential. The event featured a live demo of the world’s first, six-color digital press that delivers ultra HD image ......read more

Saudi Arabia, April 10, 2019:   Profitability in the Saudi Arabian insurance sector continued to weaken in 2018. The "Saudi Insurance Market Sees Another Profit Decline In 2018" report, published April 10, 2019, on RatingsDirect, details how the 33 listed re-insurance companies saw pre-tax income fall 28% last year and 55% in 2017. "We expect conditions to remain challenging in 2019 due to market competition, but new business from female drivers, a clamp down on uninsured motorists, and the extension of mandatory medical insurance cover could provide a boost to companies," said S&P Global Ratings' credit analyst Emir Mujkic. ...read more

JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – April 9, 2019:   Jeddah University and Commvault (NASDAQ: CVLT), a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive, and the cloud, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set the framework of bilateral cooperation between the two organizations in supporting scientific research, training and expertise exchanges in line with the goals of the ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ initiative. The MoU stipulates that the two sides will cooperate in the fields of training, research, and consultations to benefit from each organization’s expertise in both academic and technical fields. The partnership will ......read more

April 09, 2019:  BMW takes to the stage at Auto Shanghai 2019 with the spotlight on two model premieres in particular. The new BMW 3 Series Sedan is making its Chinese debut at the international motor show, and the latest generation of the globally popular sports sedan will be built for the Chinese market by BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang. Also rolling off the assembly line here will be the long-wheelbase version of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan developed exclusively for customers in China – and likewise presented for the first time at Auto Shanghai 2019. Visitors to the show, which is taking place on 18 – 25 April 2019, will also be greeted by the world premiere of the ......read more

April 09, 2019 Versus Mouffetard is the new women’s watch from Versus Versace.   Chic and sophisticated – but with a dose of sass – the timepiece keeps the Versus Versace edge with two Lion Heads in relief adorning the case at 12 and 6 o’clock.   The Clous de Paris top ring, the dial with a guilloché finish and the shagreen strap bring the timepiece’s multitextured nature to the fore, bringing a dose of luxury but never losing that rebellious Versus DNA.   Versus Mouffetard comes in five versions: with a yellow or rose gold IP steel case, completely in single-tone black, white, dark blue, or lilac, or with a white dial and a n ......read more

April 08, 2019:  The Summer 2019 Michael Kors watch collection delivers bold, colorful and fun designs featuring bright neon colors, a playful use of gemstones and athletic influences. Introducing the Runway Mercer watch, the sporty Wren platform and an all new iridescent plating, this season explores the many facets of a woman’s look. RUNWAY MERCER Michael Kors introduces the Runway Mercer watch in gold-tone and rose gold-tone hues, featuring a jewelry-inspired lock design in the bracelet with gemstone accents and dials. The genuine stone dials include: black onyx, turquoise and white mother-of-pearl. The petite size styles will also feature pavé glitz center-links. ...read more

Riyadh, Monday 8 April, 2019:   Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, said the Kingdom does not plan to deepen its oil production cuts. He added that oil markets are “healthy.”    Speaking to Manus Cranny, Bloomberg Television, Al-Falih said that the OPEC+ meeting in May will be a “key” gathering. He added that it’s still “premature” to decide if they will cut inventory.    Other highlights from the interview include: Investor demand for Saudi Aramco’s debut dollar bond has exceeded $30 billion, Al-Falih said. The securities, which haven’t priced yet, will be the first of ma ......read more

April 08, 2019 With over 130 years of history in perpetuating watchmaking tradition, SAINT HONORÉ is a prestigious luxury brand that reflects the Parisian joie de vivre of living and superior French artistry that has been mastered through years of research, learning and advancement. The brand takes its name from the Saint Honore Street – legendary Parisian address, home of great jewellers and watchmakers — symbolizing the French way of life. Innovation along with tradition is the true driving force of the company. SAINT HONORÉ has always placed great emphasis on the development of new technologies, new movements and quest for new ideas. Kiera Chaplin, grandd ......read more

08 April 2019, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:  A Saudi patient with a devastating facial injury now feels like he has his life back on track thanks to life-changing surgery by Saudi German Hospital (SGH) in Jeddah. A 30-year-old patient was involved in a gardening accident with an electric chainsaw, which resulted in severe and catastrophic damage to his left side of his face: forehead, eye, middle face, cheek, chin, and neck. The injuries were very deep near to the base of his skull, facial bones, muscles, skin, and nerves. Bone of his left eye was completely detached from its place.   After one day, and rejections from other hospitals due to the severity of the injuries, t ......read more

April 07, 2019:  Since its inception, POLICE has been a brand that spoke the language of freedom, individuality, and rebellion. Having pioneered some of the most iconic moments in fashion, POLICE is known for its innovative and trendsetting designs.\ Translucent impresses with its unique configuration that cohesively brings together different elements to present a timepiece that is sleek, youthful and truly exclusive. The skeleton dial gives a glimpse into the inner workings of the automatic movement and the polyurethane body equips the timepiece with style and charisma. TRANSLUCENT AUTOMATIC COLLECTION With luminescent indices, hands and decorative metal screws on the bezel, T ......read more

April 06, 2019:  When it comes to taking care of your daughter’s hair, oiling hair regularly is the go-to choice of all mothers. Making an informed choice is a tough one as it involves the hair of your little one. So what do you do? Children’s hair is quite delicate and fine so it is important to find the right products for children to use and build up a hair care routine that works with your child. An important fact to note is that the texture of a child’s hair is different from an adult and thus has different requirements.  As children are very active and love to play games, their hair is susceptible to sweat and dust which can easily cause dryness. Freque ......read more

The story of the luxury brand AIGNER is a spell of passion, creativity and craftsmanship. April 06, 2019 An AIGNER product is considered by many to be a modern classic, but this contemporary brand has a history that can be traced back to Hungary in 1904,when its founder and original designer was born. The company was based in Munich, where the mood was one of excitement and a euphoric belief in progress. The free - spirited nature of the time influenced the company’s direction and AIGNER went on to become a cult brand by virtue of its reflection of a life of pleasure and savoir vivre. The company chose wild horses as its symbol, as it chimed with the atmosphere, materials a ......read more

April 04, 2019  THE MAISON In 1881, Antonio Cerruti founded a weaving workshop in Biella, an Italian town renowned for its rich heritage in quality wool and fabric production. From these roots, the Cerruti name has expanded from luxurious fabric to acclaimed fashion without ever losing sight of its core values emphasizing quality and style, craftsmanship and technology. Over the decades, Cerruti 1881 has shown that good modern styling should not just be desirable and inspired, but also innovative and refined. Today, Cerruti 1881 produces an extensive line of ready-to-wear menswear that remains true to the brand's distinctive ethos of fine fabrics, meticulous craftsmanship a ......read more

April 04, 2019:  Ralph Lauren introduces The RL50 Handbag, a new icon silhouette merging codes from the brand's heritage: city sophistication, equestrian-inspired details, and the finest quality of leather craftsmanship.   The belted body and elegantly curved topline draw inspiration from Mr. Lauren’s vintage travel bag, a belted pole bag, reinterpreted as a streamlined and structured silhouette—emphasizing effortless functionality for an international lifestyle. Each of the four distinct sizes (mini, medium, large, and oversized) is crafted from supple materials, including calfskin, ayers snakeskin, alligator, and ostrich. The RL50 Handbag will be availa ......read more

[03 April 2019):   British Airways has announced it will fly from Dammam to London Heathrow from December 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.  The route is the first ever direct flight from Dammam to London Heathrow, with flights departing daily. The service will launch as a daily ‘tag’ service via Bahrain. Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 departing year-round from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and landing in Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.  Dammam will be the third city in Saudi Arabia that British Airways flies to, with the airline already serving Riyadh and Jeddah with non-stop daily flights. This daily direct fligh ......read more

The leading dairy cooperative has expanded its reach in the Kingdom, opening up access to its nutritious products  3 April 2019:   FrieslandCampina, one of the world’s leading and largest dairy cooperatives, today launched a new national headquarters in Saudi Arabia. Following 60 years of success in the Kingdom, the new site represents further growth for FrieslandCampina in the country and the evolution of its operational structure to deliver effective, more consumer-centric services across KSA. Specifically, the new headquarters will enable FrieslandCampina to expand the reach of its product distribution network in the Kingdom, giving loyal and new consumers simpl ......read more

Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal and theme for this year’s World Health Day Aligned and in support of World Health Day, Mr. Makarem Batterjee, President of Bait Al Batterjee (BAB) holding company and Vice Chairman and Deputy President of Saudi German Hospitals Group, shares his healthcare vision and purpose for the Middle East and beyond 03 April 2019, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:   April 7th marks World Health Day, an initiative launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness of prevalent global health issues that require action and impact driven change collectively from around the globe.   Universal health coverage is ......read more

April 03, 2019:  Powerful results or a light as air finish? Why should women have to choose? Whilst many creams promise lightweight skincare, they can still leave skin feeling greasy, sticky or they don’t deliver skin benefits beyond basic hydration.    Enter Olay’s game-changing facial moisturiser; NEW Olay Whip. The Whips range has been created by Olay scientists to give women the light as air finish they’ve been missing from their lightweight skin creams, together with powerful results.   Olay Whips features Active Rush Technology™ which has the ability to hold and quickly release 1000x its weight in hydration and active ingredients. ......read more

KSA, Makkah, 1 April 2019:    Progress on major infrastructure enhancements and increased connectivity are expected to boost Makkah’s tourism capacity and create a wave of development opportunities, says leading real estate firm JLL.   Makkah is undergoing major transformation under Vision 2030, with several government initiatives paving the way for the Holy City to increase its capacity to 30 million pilgrims annually by 2030.  2018 witnessed milestone progress with the megaproject Rou’a Al Haram Al Makki announcement, the inauguration of Al Haramain High Speed Railway and soft opening of the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.&nb ......read more

March 31, 2019:  Possessing the suppleness of a dance movement and the captivating harmony of a classic, Boléro is the new watch for women from Chaumet. In elegant and sensual gold, it is the marker of women who choose distinction.   Its assertive design appeals to remarkable women. Photographer Matthew Brookes captured the special aura of the women who chose Boléro as the signature watch for their look. Whether an internationally acclaimed actress, a virtuoso pianist, a primera ballerina, interior designer or airline pilot, all capably assuming strong career choices, in Boléro these women of today have found a watch that represents who they are.   Inspired by emblematic w ......read more

We expect the Saudi government's expansionary budget will help boost economic growth. We forecast wider fiscal deficits, but expect Saudi Arabia will retain strong government and external balance sheets. We are affirming our 'A-/A-2' long- and short-term sovereign ratings on Saudi Arabia. The outlook remains stable. Rating Action Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2019:  On March 29, 2019, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'A-/A-2' unsolicited longand short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Saudi Arabia. The outlook is stable. The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Saudi Arabia will maintain a pace of moderate economic gr ......read more

March 30, 2019:  A delegation from the Board of Directors of the Sharjah Marine International Sports Club (SMISC) visited the headquarters of the Sharjah F1 Team, which is participating in the first round of the UIM F1 H20 World Championship the Saudi Grand Prix currently underway in Dammam.  The delegation, which includes Abdullah Rashid Al Salami, Humaid Ali Al Muhairi and Tariq Saeed Allay, visited the team headquarters. Ahmad Al Hosani, Director of Sharjah International Marine Sports Club and members of the team, accompanied them. The delegation was briefed on the preparations of the Sharjah Team and the readiness of all crews to participate in the first international com ......read more

March 30, 2019: ESSENTIAL SKIN  BALANCING PRE-BIOTICS  Pre-Biotics are the fuel that feed your skin’s microbiome, allowing skin-friendly bacteria to flourish. Your skin’s barrier function depends on a delicate balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. Good bacteria keep your skin looking healthy and fresh.  NUTRITIONALLY CHARGED VEGAN-FRIENDLY ACTIVES This range takes inspiration from the best that nature’s Superfoods have to offer. Nutrient-dense Supergreen, Supergrain, and Superfruit Complexes give your skin the daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals that it craves. THE ELEMIS Promise ELEMIS was born out of the v ......read more

March 28, 2019:  Viktor&Rolf Mariage Spring/Summer 2019 is an intricate offering of bold and striking silhouettes. Sculptural creations are embellished with delicate embroideries and signature elements such as classic tulle, iconic  bows, patchwork volumes and feminine flower motifs – a mingling which, when paired with the graphic nature of the Mariage collection, results into a typically Viktor&Rolf statement on luxury bridalwear. This season, an abundance of flowers add an ethereal touch, juxtaposing the stark nature of the collection. Lily of the valley, couture flowers inspired by the “Surreal Satin” Haute Couture show, and flower appliqué motifs ......read more

Company was the first smartphone player globally to showcase a 10x Hybrid Zoom camera technology during MWC 2019 March 26, 2019:   OPPO has confirmed that the world’s first 10x Hybrid Zoom technology on a smartphone camera will be making its way to consumers in the Middle East very soon. Originally previewed in February 2019 at the Mobile World Congress, OPPO is the original inventor of 10x Hybrid Zoom technology, created as a means to provide everyone the opportunity to take professional style photographs, without fearing any loss of quality.  OPPO’s 10x Hybrid Zoom is a new technology created by OPPO with a triple-lens camera structure consisting of a telep ......read more

Torrente, Al Qemzi prepared for big challenge in season opener  26 March, 2019:  Team Abu Dhabi are prepared for a major challenge when they launch their bid for a second successive double title triumph in the opening round of the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Championship in Saudi Arabia this weekend. Reigning world champion Shaun Torrente and Emirati Thani Al Qemzi who finished third in last year’s individual standings head a powerful nine-team line up in Dammam for the return of the series to Saudi after a 15-year gap. Among their biggest rivals will be France’s three time-world champion Philippe Chiappe and son-in-law Peter Morin who finished runners-up to the Abu D ......read more

D1 Milano introduces the Chronograph line for the very first time which features soleil steel finish with brushed bezel case and hands in sandblasted brass D1 Milano bestseller, the Ultra-Thin range is introduced in a natural leather strap and a range of different colours D1 Milano announces their iconic Polycarbon model with design and aesthetic improvements March 26, 2019:   Premium Italian watch brand, D1 Milano have announced the launch of their new collection at Basel World 2019. Popular for its trendy and lightweight design the five-year-old brand, is now adding a chronograph range to its wide array of selection along with several new additions to their existing P ......read more

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 March 2019: SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia has announced today the launch of the Real Estate Investment Trust ‘SHUAA REIT’ (The Fund), a closed-ended publicly traded real estate investment fund, approved by the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Saudi Arabia.   The subscription period for SHUAA REIT commences today March 25, 2019 and will continue until April 7 2019 inclusive. The fund will offer 30,515,000 units to the public at a price of SAR 10 per unit, equivalent to SAR 305,150,000, which accounts for 51.5% of the REIT's total size of SAR 591,500,000.   The Fund intends to acquire 6 income-generating real estate assets in four key sector ......read more

Events and activities to appreciate the women in the workforce  Makkah, KSA (25 March, 2019):   Makkah Millennium Hotel and Towers, the luxury hotel serving the pilgrims coming to Makkah and located directly over the Holy Haram Piazza, celebrated International Women’s Day by organizing a series of events and activities to appreciate the contribution by female employees in the hotel and the hospitality industry. Marking International Women’s Day celebration on 08th March, the female employees of the hotel visited King Abdullah Medical City Specialist Hospital for women to brighten the day of the patients and inspire them to improve their health and well being ......read more

March 25, 2019:   alfanar, the Middle East’s leading manufacturer of wide range of electrical products and solutions, has partnered with Huawei to explore how IoT and 5G technologies can be used to bring greater sustainability, efficiency and cost-savings to alfanar’s electrical products. Together the two companies will co-create 5G and IoT solutions that will accelerate the digital transformation of the Middle East’s electricity industry.  The announcement was made through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on the sidelines of Middle East Electricity, the Middle East power industry’s largest annual trade exhibition, which took place recently ......read more

24 March 2019, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia:   A new initiative sponsored by Saudi German Hospitals Group (SGH Group), in collaboration with Batterjee Medical College (BMC), is set to offer hundreds of Saudi students’ prosperous opportunities in the healthcare sector. The Education for Employment program (E4E), which started in 2018, has sponsored 100 Saudi high school graduates, predominantly females, to study nursing at Batterjee Medical College. In line with Vision 2030, this initiative aims to increase the attractiveness of nursing as a preferred career path and encourage more Saudi nationals into the healthcare sector. In collaboration with SGH Group’s Academic Affai ......read more

Saudi Arabia, March 18, 2019:   Knight Frank is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural edition of Urban Futures, a report which tackles the increasingly prominent global topic of housing affordability and discusses  how cities are looking to alleviate affordability pressures. For the first issue the focus has been put on six cities which have been at the forefront of the affordability debate. A spotlight has been included on Riyadh, where we have seen affordability come to the forefront of the agenda particularly as cultural and social attitudes change at a rapid pace.   In the report, 32 cities around the world were assessed and ranked based on a Global A ......read more

A panel discussion also discussed the significance of the partners’ relationship, success to date, and the Kingdom’s future goals in digital transformation March 18, 2019:  Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, joined the Saudi-Chinese Investment Forum to share its success stories and future goals to drive the Kingdom’s digital transformation through Chinese investment. The one-day event, supported by HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, was hosted in collaboration Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and the International Cooperation Ce ......read more

Visa’s partnership with Starbucks and Hardee’s entitles Visa cardholders in KSA and UAE to upsize their orders for free when paying with Apple Pay  17 March 2019:   Visa (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments, today announced partnerships with Starbucks and Hardee’s to accelerate the use and adoption of Apple Pay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. With Apple Pay, Visa cardholders and iPhone users can make instant payments using their phone via app or on web.  As part of Visa’s partnership with Starbucks, the world leading coffee chain and Hardee’s, one of the world’s most popular food and beve ......read more

SAMI, GACA and Many More to Exhibit at Dubai Airshow  Dubai, UAE. 17 March 2019:   Saudi Arabia continues to demonstrate its growing strength in the aerospace industry with participation of its biggest players in the Dubai Airshow in November this year. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) are the latest to announce participation joining the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who will also be attending the event for the first time. Other Saudi companies attending the Dubai Airshow include GDC Middle East, Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), Middle East Propulsion Company (MEPC), Saudi Aerospace Company (SAC) and Saudia Aerospace &a ......read more

DUBAI, U.A.E., 14 March 2019: The Emirates A380 drew in more than 3000 visitors in two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The Emirates A380 was the largest commercial aircraft on display at the milestone event. The aircraft received a royal visit from HRH Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the Board of Saudi Space Agency. HRH was received by Adel Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran for Emirates, who took him through the flagship aircraft’s signature design details and latest onboard products.     The A380 that was on display from 12-13 March was open to both trade visitors and the general public. The Emi ......read more

Vision 2030 goals to drive sustainable growth and developments in the maritime sector are discussed during two days of interactive and stimulating sessions Saudi Arabia, March 14, 2019 -   Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector is gearing up to make the kingdom a regional logistics hub and drive forward economic diversification and job opportunities, participants at the Saudi Maritime Congress in Riyadh heard on the opening day at the Kingdom Centre in Riyadh. “This event takes place at a time of significant change within the kingdom’s logistic and maritime infrastructure. The Saudi Maritime Congress highlights major projects and strategic opportunities that will so ......read more

Event on Record   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 14 March 2019:   The eleventh Riyadh Travel Fair (RTF) 2019, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel industry show, will be held from March 28-30 at Al Faisaliah Tower Hotel. It is expected to provide business networking opportunities, seminars, ministerial discussions, and highlight the tourism industry’s achievements of the past 12 months. Additionally, the fair will provide a great opportunity for the general public to gain first-hand information on the latest tourist offerings and special deals from around the world. The 2019 edition will be the biggest one to date, with an increase in both the number of exhibitors and expecte ......read more

3D printing will revolutionize the water experience at home Bathroom and kitchen solutions complement latest trends with vast range of color finishes across all draw off points, flush plates and accessories  From smart home to smart buildings: creating an intelligent ecosystem for water security and water management  13 March 2019:   Consumers are fundamentally changing how they define and use their living spaces. GROHE has identified five mega trends: Consumers have risen from passive consumption to taking control over the creation of new living spaces and have become creators themselves in seeking simplicity and intelligent product solutions. Today, mor ......read more

Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centres have started accepting visa application submissions to Belgium from residents and citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Al Khobar by H.E. Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, March 12, 2019:  Citizens and expatriate residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can apply for Schengen visas to Belgium at the new Visa Application Centres jointly launched by the Embassy of Belgium in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and VFS Global, the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwid ......read more

 March 11, 2019:   UL and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a testing facility in Saudi Arabia.   The Center of Excellence (CoE) will be set up in Riyadh inside STC labs and will offer testing for various products across the ‘Fiber to the Home’ (FTTH) ecosystem.   UL’s wire and cable division signed the MoU with STC at the world’s largest wireless industry event, Mobile World Congress 2019 held in Barcelona. The collaboration is aimed at ensuring a robust network for telecom operators in Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries.   UL recognizes the increasing need for KSA’s w ......read more

March 06, 2019 - Your scalp goes through a lot every day – just like our body, it can get built up with old skin cells, dirt and free radicals. Enduring pollution, the sun, and styling on a daily basis – hair can start to become dull and lifeless. When this happens, it could be a sign that your haircare routine needs a detox. New Head & Shoulders Charcoal shampoo with cooling Menthol can help you hit the refresh button on your haircare routine, by detoxifying the scalp, relieving itch and keeping your hair 100% dandruff free. Harness the power of activated charcoal to gently cleanse hair, removing unwanted buildup and impurities to reveal a natural, radiant shine. The ......read more

The hotel has been recognized for its top-notch hospitality services at the global travel portal Booking.com The hotel received higher guest review score of 8.1 reflecting a high level of guest satisfaction in the hotel quality services   Makkah, KSA (06 March 2019): M Hotel Makkah by Millennium, a 5-star hotel located in the heart of the holy city of Makkah, was recognized for its top-notch hospitality services at the global travel portal Booking.com’s Guest Review Awards 2018.    The hotel received a guest review score of 8.1 reflecting a high level of guest satisfaction in the hotel quality services whilst consolidating its position as a leading lux ......read more

Leading personalities driving motivation behind policies and initiatives of Vision 2030 gather on March 11, 2019 in Riyadh March 05, 2019 - Saudi:  The commitment from five of the Kingdom’s maritime leaders at the world-class Saudi Maritime Congress in Riyadh highlights the significant platform this allows to discuss how Vision 2030 will transform the Saudi economy and its heavy reliance on oil, and what this may mean for the shipping and logistics sectors.     H.E. Dr Nabel Bin Mohammed Al Amudi, Minister of Transport, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr Rumaih bin Mohammed Al Rumaih, President, Public Transport Authority, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Eng. ......read more

March 04, 2019 -    As she walks through the palazzo, the amber light of the setting sun filtering through the wrought iron gate caresses her skin, suffusing her body with a mesmerizing glow…   Since its inception in 1975, Roberto Cavalli has always thrived on challenges, combining bold avant-garde and a deep respect for its Italian heritage. Today, Roberto Cavalli Florence, the brand’s latest line of perfumes, pays homage to the town that gave birth to the world-renowned fashion house.   Florence is a peerless city, resplendent with beauty and sensuality. Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, this architectural marvel has been inspiring pai ......read more

The premier construction show in the Kingdom, The Big 5 Saudi, unveils record-breaking education agenda with 80 workshops across four days. Dedicated to “Educating and empowering construction professionals to achieve Saudi Vision 2030”, The Big 5 Saudi 2019 agenda is free to attend and CPD-certified. The 9th edition of the event runs from 10-13 March 2019 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events.     February 26, 2019 - Dubai, UAE 80 experts and opinion leaders from around the globe will gather in Jeddah from 10-13 March 2019 to take part in the record-breaking education platform for construction professionals hosted by The Big 5 Saudi 2019. ......read more

February 26, 2019 : Ralph Lauren introduces The RL50 Handbag, a new icon silhouette merging codes from the brand's heritage: city sophistication, equestrian-inspired details, and the finest quality of leather craftsmanship.   The belted body and elegantly curved topline draw inspiration from Mr. Lauren’s vintage travel bag, a belted pole bag, reinterpreted as a streamlined and structured silhouette—emphasizing effortless functionality for an international lifestyle. Each of the four distinct sizes (mini, medium, large, and oversized) is crafted from supple materials, including calfskin, ayers snakeskin, alligator, and ostrich. The RL50 Handbag will be availabl ......read more

Sale to run from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th of February with up to 70% off a wide range of products 25 February 2019: SOUQ is back with its biggest sale of the season, ‘Everything For You Sale’. From the 25th to the 28th of February, customers across the UAE, KSA and Egypt can enjoy up to 70% discounts on products for their lifestyle directly on www.souq.com or the SOUQ app. The fourth edition of SOUQ’s biggest sale of the season is designed to cater to every need of every customer, from fashion and beauty products, to home and gardening supplies to the latest electronics, groceries and more. SOUQ has value deals on a big selection of products that can be convenient ......read more

Beginning in 2004, Safer Internet Day has grown to become one of the landmark events in the online safety calendar. And this year’s theme, ‘Together for a better internet’, encapsulates a lot of the discussion we are seeing around online safety and cybersecurity. The topic is too complex a minefield for any of us to bear sole responsibility and, like all good things in life, we need to work together to bring about the best possible future. What does it mean to work together where online safety is concerned? It could be an IT security company working closely with a consultation of parents to develop products, or parents and teachers working to ensure the online education ......read more

LIGHT CAPTURING. SELF-SETTING #GETCLOSER February 23, 2019 -  No filter needed after today! MAKE UP FOREVER is welcoming this year the new upgraded and enhanced Ultra HD concealer with advanced formula.  The UHD concealer comes in 22 different shades from very light to dark to suite all skin tones. Its buildable and dry fast features give the outcome of a Satin finish that reflects light perfect for a subtle look. The Ultra HD 2019 new product is the perfect tools for an ultimate healthy and luminous finish.  The UHD concealer gives you instant second skin effect, self-setting, and corrective results. Due to its medium coverage, oil free and moisturizing textures ......read more

DUBAI, U.A.E., 23 February 2019: Emirates will be showcasing its flagship Airbus A380 for two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The popular double-decker aircraft will be on display on March 12th and 13th at Al Thumamah Airport in Riyadh, giving visitors the opportunity to tour its interior and experience its award-winning products across all classes, including Emirates’ refreshed OnBoard Lounge. The airshow is the first international aviation and aerospace exhibition of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran for Emirates airline said: “Emirates is proud to be part of ......read more

 On 11 March, the 2019 ISH will open in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: More than 2,400 international exhibitors will present their bathroom and kitchen novelties and other innovations.  For the first time ever, GROHE will position itself as a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions, kitchen systems and intelligent water management.  As part of a new concept for their trade fair booth, GROHE will clearly put the consumer at the centre of attention, using three themed environments to present their different solution and design concepts.    21 February 2019:  GROHE, a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fit ......read more

Transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure, and private way to pay Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 19 February 2019:  Visa (NYSE:V), the world’s leader in digital payments, today brings Apple Pay to its Saudi-based cardholders. Apple Pay allows prepaid, debit and credit cardholders to make easy, quick and secure purchases using their iPhone and Apple Watch in stores that accept contactless payments. Visa cardholders can also make payments with Apple Pay in-app or on the web. Apple Pay will allow Visa cardholders across the Kingdom to make payments using their Apple devices while ensuring that their financial details are private and secure. Security and privacy are at the core o ......read more

It is the first extended stay property for Shaza Hotels and marks the debut of the brand in Riyadh taking its portfolio of operational hotels to three in Saudi Arabia Riyadh: Shaza Hotels, a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, has announced the opening of Shaza Hotel Residences, Riyadh. The property is the first for the brand in Riyadh and its third in KSA. It is also the first extended stay property to open for Shaza Hotels. Inspired by an Andalusian riad, Shaza Hotel Residences, Riyadh is beautifully landscaped to form a peaceful oasis next to the Al Rajhi Grand Mosque, conveniently located for business travellers and leisure guests. The thoughtfully crafted 205 residences at Sha ......read more

February 19, 2019: The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), a non-profit association that provides a dedicated platform for facilities management (FM) professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders, and owner associations, recently concluded on a high note its workshop and networking event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Titled ‘Technology in FM and its impact on assets,’ the event held at Al Mugairen Hall - Riyadh Chamber convened top facilities management (FM) organizations from the Middle East to continue the discussions on the impact of intelligent tools on the regional FM community. The event, which is a part of the strategic collaboration between MEFMA ......read more

IDC Survey commissioned by Citrix analyzes the Kingdom’s readiness to build the future workplace   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 19 February 2019: An IDC survey commissioned by Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) found security and data leaks to be a key concern in adopting intelligent workplace strategies. The survey results were presented at an event at the Riyadh Four Seasons.     With face-to-face input from over 100 CIOs in KSA, the survey’s corresponding white paper examines the evolution of the intelligent workspace and IDC's "Future of Work" concept. It further highlights the role of intelligent workplace technologies in Saudi Arabia, and cov ......read more

February 18, 2019 -  Michael Kors is pleased to introduce our Cece handbags – a study in perfect contradictions and new for Spring 2019. The modern silhouette juxtaposes clean lines and soft curves, with a structured rectangle shape formed from gently folded edges and a curved flap closure. Heritage hardware, including a trunk-inspired pinch lock, a leather-wrapped key charm and a chain-link handle, lends an air of classic glamour to the sleek form. Every detail mirrors the silhouette’s distinctive folded-edge design, including the front pocket, which tucks into the bag’s interior, and the slip pocket at the back. A zippered inside pouch separates two internal compa ......read more

February 17, 2019 - Carolina Herrera launches 212 VIP Rosé Extra Eau de Parfum and 212 VIP Black Extra Eau de Parfum, two fragrances to feel extra 212 VIP Rosé Extra Eau de Parfum (for her) and 212 VIP Black Extra Eau de Parfum (for him), the two new 212 VIP limited editions, take inspiration from the most modern version of voguing as they celebrate an explosion of authenticity and uniqueness with two opulent, extravagant and mesmerizing scents to feel extra. These fragrances, which have been designed to make us shine, excel and be the soul of every single party, have the power to awaken our wild, creative persona. The motto Why be basic when you can be EXTRA!" and the hashtags ......read more

14th February 2019 Turkish Airlines, flying passengers to more global destinations than any other airline, preparing for a brand new journey set to be started with its move to its new state-of-the-art home base, Istanbul Airport, continues its partnership with The LEGO® Movie franchise with the recent digital debut, of a new fun and original safety video. It stars characters from the latest big-screen animated LEGO adventure, The LEGO Movie 2, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters worldwide beginning February 8, 2019.  Back in August 2018, Turkish Airlines debuted the first-ever LEGO passenger safety video, which was also inspired by the LEGO Movie franchise.  The video ......read more

Purpose-built facility in Al Hamra delivers 300 sqm of premium display area and a live cooking station Jeddah/KSA, 14th of February, 2019: Europe’s Number 1* Home Appliances brand, Bosch, has opened its Flagship Store in KSA, in the heart of Jeddah in the presence of Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Jeddah, Mr. Holger G. Ziegeler.  Spread out exactly on 300 square metres of built-up area, the new Bosch Home Appliances store makes room for a product display ranging over 100 different appliances and models, all designed by German engineers.  The showroom follows a two-storey structure, with the ground floor dedicated to product showcases accordin ......read more

14 February 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi German Hospitals Group (SGH Group) has announced that it has successfully completed 66% of establishing its brand-new healthcare facility in Dammam, and is set to be completed by June 2019. Once complete, the state-of-the-art hospital will cover an area of 39,000 square meters, with 8 operating rooms and a potential capacity of up to 300 beds and 100 clinics. The hospital is located on King Fahd Street, West of Al Faisaliah in Dammam and will provide patients from the Eastern Province, and beyond, world-class expertise and patient care. Speaking about the project, Eng. Sobhi Batterjee, Group President of Saudi German Hospital Group, comment ......read more

DUBAI, UAE - February 14, 2019: Herfy Food Services Co, Saudi Arabia’s largest fast-food chain has announced that it has signed an agreement with Capillary Technologies, a leading cloud-based software solutions provider that enables brands to intelligently engage with their customers, to revamp its digital platforms for enhanced customer engagement and experience.   Herfy is the largest quick service restaurant (QSR) chain in the Kingdom and one of the largest in the Middle East with over 367 stores, surpassing most of international restaurant chains in terms of presence in the Saudi Arabia.   Capillary Technologies will facilitate Herfy to adopt a mobile first ap ......read more

February 14, 2019—Dreaming was the theme of Michael Kors’ Fall 2019 runway show, which took place this morning at 10 AM in New York City. From the venue—Cipriani Wall Street, transformed into an old-school ballroom with distressed herringbone floors, velvet curtains, disco balls and chandeliers—to Barry Manilow’s finale performance and the Studio 54 capsule designs, the show was a celebration of individual style, glamour and romance.  “When I arrived in New York, it was a time of great creativity in fashion, theater, music and art. The sidewalks became like runways, with an explosion of style,” says Michael Kors. “The city was edgy and ......read more

13 February 2019 - SAUDI ARABIA    Executive summary    The Ministry of Labour and Social Development announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of a monthly fee they must pay for each foreign employee under their sponsorship.    The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of a monthly fee they must pay for each foreign employee under their sponsorship.    Eligibility conditions    According to  the MLSD’s announcement, employers with a Nitaqat rating of low green, medium green, high green and platinum for the past 52 ......read more

Saudi (February 12, 2019) – Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Africa has appointed Samy Boukhaled as Vice President of Operations for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia region.  Boukhaled has more than 29 years of experience in the industry, having held several leadership roles with hotel companies such as Accor and Sofitel. He has worked in countries such as France, Bahrain, Morocco and KSA. Reporting to Kevork Deldelian, Chief Operating Officer of Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA, Boukhaled will oversee all operational aspects of the brand’s strategic expansion in the KSA region where several properties are to open this year, adding to its already extensive po ......read more

Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 11 February 2019: One of Saudi Arabia’s largest educational institutions, the Umm Al Qura University will implement Oracle Autonomous Database to create an integrated digital platform that will help the University deliver seamless and paperless educational services to more than 100000 students across its 36 colleges in 5 campuses.  The new implementation will also enable the University to introduce programs in digital skills across emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, for students from various disciplines to help prepare the country’s next gen workforce. “As part of the Vision 2030 initiative, the Government of Saudi ......read more

Greek Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Riyadh by H.E. Mr. Ioannis Taghis, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia New centres opened in light of growing numbers of visa applications to Greece   February 11, 2019   Greece in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide, announced the opening of two Visa Application Centres in cities of Riyadh and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Greece also opened it’s very first visa application centre in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman.   The centres started acce ......read more

The Madison Avenue main store turns into Ralph's Cafe February 9, 2019, Dubai, UAE - Ralph Lauren launches Spring 2019 by turning his flagship store in Madison Avenue into Café Ralph, offering his customers an unparalleled dining experience. Ralph Lauren said: "I wanted to highlight the Spring 2019 Women's Collection, its fresh spirit and modern style, so I decided to share the collection with you in the magical atmosphere of the new Café Ralph in Madison Avenue. To share my vision in a more personal and intimate way. " The first floor of the store has been redesigned into the Ralph Cafe, an exceptional dining experience. The new café offers visitors a breakfast an ......read more

7 February 2019, Saudi – MUFG Bank announces the appointment of Tariq Al Ghaziri as Head of Corporate Banking for MUFG’s Riyadh branch. Prior to joining MUFG in Riyadh, Tariq has held various positions at Riyad Bank for the past 15 years, most recently as Head of Corporate Finance.  Various functions, including Trade Finance, Treasury and Credit Analysis, will report into Tariq in his new capacity.   Elyas Algaseer, Head of Corporate Banking for MUFG in MENA said: “Appointing Tariq to his new position is an important step in the development of our business in Saudi Arabia.”    MUFG obtained a full commercial license from the Saudi A ......read more

Nokia and Zain KSA have started a massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) pilot in the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on the TD-LTE network using 2.6 GHz spectrum. The pilot uses Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale massive MIMO antenna for 4.9G calls to improve network capacity to provide speeds of above 700 Mbps per user, enabling customers to enjoy extreme broadband applications without experiencing any buffering. Once the pilot is completed, the actual deployment will allow Zain to meet the growing demand for ultra-broadband services while deploying 5G-ready equipment. Zain will be able to add revenue streams by launching innovative services and products for its subscribers. Massive ......read more

Opening in 2020, Hayy: Creative Hub is the first major complex of its kind in Saudi Arabia, and the first bespoke home for the arts and creative industries   Hayy: Cinema will be an anchor within the complex, an independent picture house screening local, regional and international films  Interested architects and designers should register online by March 22, 2019    Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Feb 5, 2018 – Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East, today announces an international competition, inviting architects and designers to conceptualise a cinema for Hayy: Creative Hub, Jeddah. ......read more

Event attended by Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Federation of Automobiles and Motorcycles, and David King, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer Regional premiere of Rapide E cutaway model - World’s First Electric Four-Door Luxury GT DBS Superleggera unveiled for first time in Saudi Arabia     02nd February 2019, Jeddah; In the presence of Prince Khalid bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Federation of Automobiles and Motorcycles, and David King, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, Haji Husein Alireza & Co. Ltd. inaugurated its all- ......read more

January 30, 2019:  Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle brand, is excited to announce the launch of its new ZERØGRAND All-Day trainer which combines the styling of a dress shoe and the performance of an athletic trainer.  For Spring 2019 Cole Haan continues to push boundaries by introducing their first shoe designed to seamlessly transition from work to workout, and everything in between. The ZERØGRAND All-Day trainer was created to ensure durability and endurance during workouts, proving the shoe’s ability to stabilize the foot and provide adequate cushioning throughout your whole day.  Cole Haan’s Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of ......read more

January 30, 2019:  DIANA ARNO SS19 collection is like a dressing documentary about a life of a global jet-setter. Inspired by Diana’s favourite place – Dubai, where she returns year after year, it tells a story of an alluring city where the sea meets the desert.  With the SS19 collection, DIANA ARNO takes a journey in the pursuit of paying homage to the beauty of Dubai. Longline silhouettes with architectural folds and prints meet almost fluid fabrics that rehearse the dance of the waves. Sunny shades of mustard are subtly garnished with marine stripes characterised by the designer’s signature ruffles.  The collection is effortlessly fusing nostalgic fe ......read more

  Shuqaiq 3 will have a capacity to produce 450,000 cubic metres per day and serve 2 million people This will be the company's third such facility, after Al Khobar 1 and Al Jubail RO4 (built in 2015) With these three projects, the Spanish company will provide water to more than 3 million people   30 January 2019, Dubai United Arab Emirates:  Water and Electricity Company LLC (WEC), the Saudi Arabia state-owned company in charge of desalination and water treatment projects, has awarded ACCIONA — along with its consortium partners Marubeni Corporation, Abdul Latif Jameel-CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co. — the contract to finance, design and ......read more

Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global collaborate to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service for eligible travellers from 21 countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia*) eVOA holders save time and get a faster immigration service at dedicated Immigration counters at major airports in Thailand Travellers receive their travel authorisation online pre-departure within 24 to 72 hours of application being submitted A new ‘Express eVisa On Arrival’ service is also available for approval within 24 hours Applications to be submitted on https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/  or at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe January 30, 2019:&n ......read more

BOUNCE Rawdah has witnessed 30 million jumps in its first month, resulting in more than 10 million calories being burnt.   January 30, 2019:   The female community of Riyadh are swarming into the world’s first ladies only trampoline park and have embraced a fun, new fitness trend.   BOUNCE Rawdah opened its doors to the public in December, following a special launch night, and has witnessed over 30 million jumps and 10 million carbs being burnt in its first month.   The trampoline park and entertainment group, which was endorsed by the GEA shortly before it opened, offers a fabulous new entertainment option to the female population in Riyadh, while also p ......read more

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal Bin Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Saudi Arabia, January 28, 2019 –  16th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals Exhibition opened at the Jeddah Center for forums and events, in the presence of his Highness Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Jalwi, advisor to the Governor of Makkah region, undersecretary of Jeddah Province. The exhibition, in conjunction with the Saudi Print & Pack exhibition 2019 and organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd., will continue until 30 January 2019, presenting an ideal platform for engineers, industrialists and businessmen to identify the latest products, technologies and services ......read more

One of Saudi Arabia’s most progressive developments prepares to host the world’s best golfers for the nation’s inaugural European Tour event   Dubai, UAE, January 28, 2019:   Anticipation is building amongst the world’s best players as they prepare to make their first visit to Saudi Arabia for the inaugural Saudi International presented by SBIA, the first European Tour golf event to be held in Saudi Arabia, which will take place at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) from Thursday 31 January to Sunday 3 February.    One of Saudi Arabia’s most progressive cities, and a champion of a modern Sau ......read more

January 28, 2019:  From Oscar red carpets to the Golden Globes, it is the bring-back of the metallic glamour. While subtlety was having its run on the fashion scene, the golds’ and the sparkles were busy reinventing, rediscovering and shining their light on the Atelier’s imagination. Debuting a new edition of decadence, the new collection of Police ladies timepieces screams “go big or go home”.                                                                             &nb ......read more

His Excellency Yasir Al Rumayyan, Chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation, thanks tournament partners for helping make history in King Abdullah Economic City King Abdullah Economic City, 27 January, 2019:  The inaugural Saudi International powered by SBIA is gearing up to be a stunning success thanks to the generous support of the Tournament’s national and international partners. Some of the world’s finest golfers will arrive in the Kingdom next week to compete on Royal Greens Golf & Country Club’s breathtakingly beautiful course, contest a lucrative prize fund and sample first-hand the delights of the ever-expanding King Abdullah Economic City, the country&rsq ......read more

Home hope will tee-up with the biggest names in golf at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club as Saudi Arabia joins European Tour Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 27 January 2019:  Newly-turned professional Othman Almulla, Saudi Arabia’s first-ever professional golfer, is relishing the prospect of shouldering the hopes of a nation – and the wider Arab world – at next week’s inaugural Saudi International powered by SBIA. After leaving amateur status behind earlier this month, Almulla will etch his name in history when he steps into the limelight at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) from January 31 to February 3 as the ......read more

January 24, 2019:   Speaking to Bloomberg Television’s Francine Lacqua and Haslinda Amin, Saudi Arabia Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan said he expects 2.6% GDP growth in 2019.    Other highlights include: • Saudi may issue non-USD bonds this year • Looking at Euro or other currencies for bond ...read more

Dubai, UAE, January 24, 2019:   Huawei officially launched its 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000 today – along with the first commercial 5G device powered by it, the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. Together, these two new products provide the world's fastest wireless connections for your smartphone, your home, the office, and on the go. Balong 5000 officially unlocks the 5G era. This chipset supports a broad range of 5G products in addition to smartphones, including home broadband devices, vehicle-mounted devices, and 5G modules. It will provide consumers with a brand new 5G experience across multiple scenarios. "The Balong 5000 will open up a whole new world to consum ......read more

24 January 2019:   IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Bougary Holding Co. to develop Crowne Plaza® Makkah Beban. Scheduled to open in December 2019, the new hotel comprising 1200 rooms will be world’s largest Crowne Plaza® and will be a landmark hotel for IHG.  Strategically located in close proximity to the Holy Mosque, the hotel will join the existing InterContinental® and Holiday Inn® in the city and cater to the influx of pilgrim visits expected as part of Vision 2030. IHG is the largest international hotel group in Saudi Arabia, both by number of h ......read more

January 23 2019, Saudi Arabia: Speaking to Bloomberg Television’s Jonathan Ferro, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said the oil giant is talking to credit rating agencies in preparation for its foray into the international bond market. Aramco is looking at a potential bond sale to pay for SABIC.    Other highlights include: “We will decide soon how much we would like to take from the bond market. Definitely it is going to be an international bond. We are currently in discussion with regard to how much and where.” Aramco has no intention of buying more than 70% in SABIC Aramco’s 2018 results are “great” ...read more

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