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Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - January 26th 2020:    This week sees the best golfers on the planet descend on the Kingdom for the second annual Saudi International golf tournament, powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers. And the world-class golf is just one of many big reasons to attend this weekend’s event, held in King Ab... ... Read more
JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers January 25, 2020 –   Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL&rsquo... ... Read more
• World number 5, Johnson, counts last year’s 61 at the Royal Greens & Country Club as one of his ‘best rounds’ • Johnson is joined by some of the biggest USA stars such as world number 1 Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed • The Saudi International Powered by powered by SoftBank Investment ... ... Read more
Riyadh - January 23, 2020:   Mysk by Shaza took part in the ‘Three Minute Pitch’ at the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC) in Riyadh on 21 January. Noelle Homsy, Development Manager of Shaza Hotels, delivered a highly-acclaimed presentation, showcasing Mysk’s enriching transformational experiences infu... ... Read more
The deal was signed at the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC) in Riyadh and marks the debut of the Millennium Central brand in KSA . Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (23 January 2020) – Millennium Hotels & Resorts Middle East, the region’s fastest-growing hotel management company, announced the signing  of  its... ... Read more
HRH Prince Abdulaziz - “Anybody can play golf – young or old Saudis can take it up at any stage bringing families and strangers together through sport” Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – January 22nd 2020:   HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud is predicting a very bright future for golf in Saudi Arabia as th... ... Read more
“I hope that from seeing the world-class golf on show during the week, the local fans give it a try”.  Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 21st January 2020:  Spanish superstar golfer Sergio Garcia, known as El Niño, will be back in the Kingdom next week to once again tee it up against the world’s best at the Sa... ... Read more
January 21, 2020:   This Valentine’s Day skip the flowers. Skintech brand FOREO rounded up their selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are perfect whether you’re buying a treat for someone special or simply showing yourself some much-needed TLCValentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with it all the chocol... ... Read more
Whether an online travel agency, travel Management Company, travel agent or any other business operating in the travel industry, automation saves time, reduce costs and allows resources to be diverted elsewhere.Most of the Travel Agencies are still running their business with so many complex manual processes which involve high human resource cost, ... ... Read more
Ryder Cup golf legends Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Thomas Bjorn also confirmed to return to play the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club for the second ever Saudi International tournament starting on January 30th  Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - January 19, 2020:  A stellar line-up of world class music acts will get Saudi Arabia... ... Read more
Age Strong With New Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate  January 16, 2020:   The Body Shop is calling time on anti-ageing. Let’s be honest - no skincare product can turn back the clock. Ageing is a privilege, and it’s time we celebrate it. The brand is changing the way we think about age and skincare. It’s... ... Read more
Saudi, January 16, 2020:   Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has launched its first of a series of arts initiatives that will take place in the Kingdom and Jeddah as part of Saudi Arabia’s cultural vision for 2020. Nestled in the heart of Al Balad, Jeddah’s historic district, overlooking the famous waterfront and facing... ... Read more
Golf’s international ambassador and icon of the game joins gathering of leading industry figureheads to discuss the development of Saudi’s vision for golf in the kingdom. 16 January, 2020, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia:   Nine-time Major Champion, Gary Player, will join a host of golf’s most influential figur... ... Read more
Golf’s international ambassador and icon of the game joins gathering of leading industry figureheads to discuss the development of Saudi’s vision for golf in the kingdom. 16 January, 2020, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia:   Nine-time Major Champion, Gary Player, will join a host of golf’s most influential figur... ... Read more
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Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - January 26th 2020:    This week sees the best golfers on the planet descend on the Kingdom for the second annual Saudi International golf tournament, powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers.   And the world-class golf is just one of many big reasons to attend this weekend’s event, held in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) from Thursday through Sunday, where an action-packed four-days will have everything from awesome live music to pulse-racing E-sports, a food-lovers’ paradise, and hours of inflatable-fun for kids of all ages!   Here’s ten reasons a visit to Royal Greens Golf & Country Club – host ......read more

Argentinian polo legend to help develop world-class equestrian facilities at AMAALA          AMAALA Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Naples            signs Polo Legend Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras as first AMAALA Brand Ambassador. AMALAA is delighted to partner with the Saudi Polo Federation, pictured (l-r) Polo Player Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras, AMAALA Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Naples and Chairman of Saudi Polo Federation Amr Zedan.            AMAALA Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Naples pictured (l-r) with Polo Superstar Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras ......read more

Riyadh: Mysk by Shaza took part in the ‘Three Minute Pitch’ at the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC) in Riyadh on 21 January. Noelle Homsy, Development Manager of Shaza Hotels, delivered a highly-acclaimed presentation, showcasing Mysk’s enriching transformational experiences infused with cultural connections. Elaborating on the concept, she stressed, “Today, travellers want experiences that transform them, they want to travel to learn something new; but most importantly, they want to embrace the local culture. With Mysk, we are creating immersive experiences in extraordinary locations. We are offering travellers the opportunity to discover the ......read more

JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers   January 25, 2020 –   Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index 2020 which identifies the world’s most dynamic cities from a real estate perspective.  Now in its seventh year, the annual Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics to provide new insights into 130 major established and emerging business hubs across the globe. With Dubai (14th) ran ......read more

• World number 5, Johnson, counts last year’s 61 at the Royal Greens & Country Club as one of his ‘best rounds’  • Johnson is joined by some of the biggest USA stars such as world number 1 Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed  • The Saudi International Powered by powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers returns to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) from January 30 – February 2    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 23, 2020:   How are you feeling going into the Saudi International after a short spell out with injury?  I’m feeling very good. My knee has recovered well during the off se ......read more

Riyadh - January 23, 2020:   Mysk by Shaza took part in the ‘Three Minute Pitch’ at the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC) in Riyadh on 21 January. Noelle Homsy, Development Manager of Shaza Hotels, delivered a highly-acclaimed presentation, showcasing Mysk’s enriching transformational experiences infused with cultural connections. Elaborating on the concept, she stressed, “Today, travellers want experiences that transform them, they want to travel to learn something new; but most importantly, they want to embrace the local culture. With Mysk, we are creating immersive experiences in extraordinary locations. We are offering travellers t ......read more

The deal was signed at the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC) in Riyadh and marks the debut of the Millennium Central brand in KSA   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (23 January 2020) – Millennium Hotels & Resorts Middle East, the region’s fastest-growing hotel management company, announced the signing  of  its first Millennium Central property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in partnership with Hasaad Real Estate, on stage at the Saudi Arabia Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC), held in Riyadh from 21-22 January, 2020. Following the opening of the first Millennium Central hotel in Downtown Dubai just six months ago, Millennium Central J ......read more

Expands footprint across luxury and midscale categories    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2020:  IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced two new properties in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Further strengthening its foothold in the luxury segment in KSA, IHG has signed a management agreement for InterContinental Dammam in partnership with Salem Mohammed Al Qahtani. To cater to the need for more branded midscale accommodation in Riyadh, IHG has also signed a management agreement for Holiday Inn Riyadh Al Malaz in partnership with Saleh Alsalamah and Partner Companies.  The agreements were announced ......read more

HRH Prince Abdulaziz - “Anybody can play golf – young or old Saudis can take it up at any stage bringing families and strangers together through sport”   Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – January 22nd 2020:   HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Saud is predicting a very bright future for golf in Saudi Arabia as the country prepares to once again welcome the world’s top stars to the Kingdom at the end of the month. After a knockout 2019 of sport for Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom is teeing up more game-changing events this year with golf’s Saudi International, powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers, returning to Royal Greens Golf & C ......read more

“I hope that from seeing the world-class golf on show during the week, the local fans give it a try”   Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 21st January 2020:  Spanish superstar golfer Sergio Garcia, known as El Niño, will be back in the Kingdom next week to once again tee it up against the world’s best at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers (January 30 – February 2).  Garcia is one of Europe’s finest golfers with a stellar career of 35 worldwide wins including a maiden major triumph at the 2017 Masters at the iconic Augusta.  Garcia wrote his name into the history books at the 2018 Ryder Cup, bec ......read more

January 21, 2020:   This Valentine’s Day skip the flowers. Skintech brand FOREO rounded up their selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are perfect whether you’re buying a treat for someone special or simply showing yourself some much-needed TLC Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with it all the chocolate boxes, restaurant options and stuffed teddy bears our hearts (and stomachs) can handle. This Valentine’s Day give the gift of beauty and bring a little love into your loved one's daily beauty routine. FOREO are firm believers that confidence is key to feeling good. After all, who doesn't want that fresh glow from within? Co ......read more

Whether an online travel agency, travel Management Company, travel agent or any other business operating in the travel industry, automation saves time, reduce costs and allows resources to be diverted elsewhere. Most of the Travel Agencies are still running their business with so many complex manual processes which involve high human resource cost, complex processes, less customer satisfaction, no clear insight and less control on their business. A typical large TMC is dealing with Retail, Corporates, B2B and on lines sales channels for revenue. There are so many solutions in the market which automates sales and booking management and most of them are focused on B2C, B2B and CBT soluti ......read more

January 19, 2020- The Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd. announced the successful conclusion of the 2020 editions of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals and the Saudi Print and Pack (Saudi PPPP), which witnessed the participation of more than 424 exhibitors from 26 countries. The latest edition of the largest specialized exhibition hosted eight international pavilions and showcased the most recent innovations and technological advancements in the industry, which plays an important role in driving the growth of the national economy, garnering overwhelming response and great local and regional interests. It was held with the diamond sponsorship of SABIC and Advanced Petrochemical Company, suppo ......read more

January 19, 2020- Saudi German Hospitals (SGH) Group has been named the official health partner of Hail Season. This is the group’s fourth Saudi Season event it will participate in across the Kingdom – previously Jeddah, Diriyah and Soudah seasons – which is a testament to the group’s large network across KSA.  In line with the announcement, SGH and its team of medical experts and professionals will look after the wellness and wellbeing of participants and visitors of Hail Season, which will run until February 10, 2020. Makarem Sobhi Batterjee, President, SGH Group, has expressed his pride in being selected as the official health partner for Hail Season, which ......read more

Ryder Cup golf legends Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Thomas Bjorn also confirmed to return to play the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club for the second ever Saudi International tournament starting on January 30th    Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - January 19, 2020:  A stellar line-up of world class music acts will get Saudi Arabia to swing, rumba and rock as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers unveils superstar names for a trio of music concerts in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) at the end of the month.  The gigs, held on three consecutive nights from January 30 – February 1, complete ‘The Ultimate Day Out’ ......read more

Age Strong With New Drops of Youth™ Youth Concentrate     January 16, 2020:   The Body Shop is calling time on anti-ageing. Let’s be honest - no skincare product can turn back the clock. Ageing is a privilege, and it’s time we celebrate it. The brand is changing the way we think about age and skincare. It’s championing giving skin the care it needs at every stage of your life - fresher, healthy-looking skin has no age.    The Body Shop has always fought to empower women and celebrate everybody. Founder Dame Anita Roddick was a passionate believer that lines are a sign of life, and that they tell our story. Ageing ......read more

Saudi, January 16, 2020:   Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has launched its first of a series of arts initiatives that will take place in the Kingdom and Jeddah as part of Saudi Arabia’s cultural vision for 2020. Nestled in the heart of Al Balad, Jeddah’s historic district, overlooking the famous waterfront and facing Midan Al Beyaa, The Ministry of Culture welcomed 20 marble sculptures created for the inaugural Red Sea International Sculpture Symposium.  20 international and local artists were invited to hand sculpt in situ free-standing monoliths over a three week period (21 November - 10 December) using blocks of white marble imported from the Sult ......read more

Golf’s international ambassador and icon of the game joins gathering of leading industry figureheads to discuss the development of Saudi’s vision for golf in the kingdom 16 January, 2020, King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia:   Nine-time Major Champion, Gary Player, will join a host of golf’s most influential figures at the Golf Saudi Summit, taking place in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from 2-4 February, 2020.  One of the most decorated golfers of all time and a prolific golf course architect who has designed many award-winning golf courses around the world, Player will share his views on how health and wellbeing are integ ......read more

The leading regional oil field services and equipment players are building further strength through collaboration in addressing the challenging & growing Hydraulic Fracturing market.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 14, 2020:    Saudi Arabia’s Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) announced today the signing of an agreement with AlMansoori Petroleum Services (AMPS). The announcement was made at the opening of this year’s International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC), taking place for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   The agreement establishes an alliance between TAQA and UAE-based AlMansoori ......read more

Saudi, January 14, 2020:   Media are impressed as Saudi International hits another high note of sporting excellence with final preparations underway ahead of the tournament from 30 January to 2 February at KAEC   Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - January 14, 2020: Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers with members of the media and influencers given exclusive behind the scenes access and a golfing masterclass from the best players in the Kingdom at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).   Two of Saudi Arabia’s leading golfers Saud Alsharif and Faisal ......read more

Mega shipyard to hold workshop to showcase growth opportunities in its facility     January 13, 2020 - In an exciting initiative announced today (date), maritime suppliers keen to develop a relationship with International Maritime Industries (IMI) are invited to a ‘Mega Yard, Mega Opportunity: IMI Supplier Workshop’ on the first day of Saudi Maritime Congress. IMI - which aims to become one of the largest full-service maritime facilities, capable of competing against the world’s biggest shipyards – is a strategic partner of the two-day event which takes place at Dhahran Expo in Dammam from March 22 to 23, 2020. By invitation only, the se ......read more

G9 and G7 curved QLED gaming monitors are more immersive than ever with 1000R curvature and superior performance that gamers demand   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 13 January, 2019:   Samsung Electronics, the global leader in the gaming monitor market*, introduced its new line-up of groundbreaking curved Odyssey gaming monitors at CES 2020. The new line-up has been completely reimagined with gamers in mind, including radically new curved displays and industry-leading performance features for a whole new way to game. Comprised of the G9 model – with an industry-leading 49” display – and the G7, available in 32” and 27”, both Odysse ......read more

Creating an online community for cinema goers to enjoy, complimented by a new and dynamic website and mobile application    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 12 January 2020 -  AMC Cinemas brings another first to the cinema industry with launching the first cinema loyalty program along with a dynamic website and mobile application, taking the guest experience to the next level and ensuring that all updates and information are available for movie lovers and enthusiasts in both English and Arabic languages. The new website amccinemas.com is set to be a one-stop digital hub for movie news and schedules in all AMC Cinemas, featuring advanced search tools that allow guests to narrow ......read more

Prices and Offers    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 08 January, 2020:   HONOR, the leading smartphone brand, today announced new prices starting this year for its range of feature-packed smartphones including the popular HONOR 20 PRO, HONOR View20, HONOR 8X Max, HONOR 10i, among many others. The latest device launched by the company, the extraordinary HONOR 9X, is also available at the affordable price of SAR 999. Aligned with the company vision of being a trendsetting technology brand for youth, the new prices will deliver the latest flagship level specifications at unbeatable value in the Kingdom.  “HONOR is consistently looking to set higher benchm ......read more

A CELEBRATION OF FEMALE FRIENDSHIP Show your love and support for the women in your life. January 08, 2020:  Held the day before Valentine’s Day, on 13 February, it might not be an official holiday, but Galentine’s Day has firmly established itself as an annual tradition that celebrates you and the love you have for your “gals.”   Profiling an expansive take on love, our new Valentine’s Day 2020 collection shows that love has a big, albeit imperfect, heart. “Hearts are an essential part of Pandora’s DNA and a visual element we’ve always loved to use,” note our VP Creative Directors, Francesco Terzo and A. Filippo ......read more

Riyadh: Shaza Hotels, will make a special presentation to Saudi Arabia’s hotel owners and investors at the Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC) in Riyadh on 21-22 January 2020 about Mysk by Shaza’s compelling brand proposition in the area of Transformational Lodging. Shaza will also compete in the Three-Minute Pitch to Owners, to highlight some of the main characteristics that make it unique in this segment. Chris Nader, Vice President – Development, Shaza Hotels, said, “The hotel industry is becoming very competitive in the region. There is too much of the same. People want to live new experiences that will change them in some form or another. With Mysk ......read more

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — 6th January, 2020: Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Systems Engineering (ISE), a leading systems integrator based in Saudi Arabia. The two companies plan to work together to help accelerate the realization of the goals set by Saudi Vision 2030’s National Transformation Program, by removing the constraints of traditional approaches to IT whilst ensuring integrity of information. The MOU aims to leverage the strengths of Nutanix’s market leading multi-cloud infrastructure solutions and ISE’s strong capabilities in technology ......read more

The largest cluster property of Millennium hotels and resorts MEA welcomes a widely recognized new cluster general manager Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia -  January 05, 2020:  Millennium and Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem, the largest cluster property of Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA, is proudly announcing the appointment of a new cluster general manager, who is an award-winning GM with an extensive international experience that extends over 23 year. Graduated from the American university in Cairo with a bachelor degree in business administration – hospitality industry and a master degree from HotelSchool – The Hague, Mohamed Abdel Fattah accepted many senior ......read more

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - January 05, 2020:  ‏The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) today announced that visitors can now use existing UK, US, and Schengen area country visas to obtain Saudi Arabia visitor visas at airport arrivals regardless of their citizenship. ‏Visitors intending to benefit from the new regulation must have previously used the visa to travel to any one of these countries before entering Saudi Arabia. The policy builds on the Kingdom's historic visa launch in September 2019. Currently, citizens from 49 countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa online or get a Visa of arrival into Saudi Arabia. The tourist visa allo ......read more

Saudi Tabreed commissions the 20,000 RT King Khalid International Airport plant   January 02, 2020:    The National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the leading international district cooling developer based in the UAE, has acquired an additional 8 percent stake in Saudi Tabreed, its district cooling investment vehicle in Saudi Arabia held jointly by Vision Invest (formerly ACWA Holding), IDB Infrastructure Fund II of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and others, bringing its ownership up to 28 percent. Khaled Al Qubaisi, Tabreed’s Chairman, said: “This acquisition underscores our commitment to supporting and fulfilling the current and ......read more

• New survey conducted by INFINITI Middle East as part of major new road safety awareness campaign  • More than half (66%) of parents in KSA do not feel that children should be wearing seat belts at all ages • According to KSA law, everybody in the vehicle has to wear a seat belt at all times, and children up to four years of age must be provided with a child safety seat     KSA, January 2, 2020:    More than half (66%) of parents don’t know the legal requirements for child seat belt use in KSA, according to new survey.    Whilst 99% of parents said they require children to wear a seatbelt in the car, the resea ......read more

Dubai-based chefs Dima Hamati and Waseem Aleisa and Saudi Arabia-based chef Ahmad Fraijeh have had recipes using the finest French butter published in an exclusive industry recipe book.    29th December 2019:   Three Middle East-based chefs have been selected by CNIEL, The French Dairy Board, and the European Union to feature in a prominent recipe book, showcasing the depth in quality and taste of European butter. The recipe book, which comes in an easy to use magazine format, features advice, recipe suggestions using the finest European butter as well as a history of how butter is made and why the unique method has remained the same for centuries. Dubai-based ......read more

Preparations underway for the 17th edition of “Saudi Plastic and Petrochem Exhibition 2020” and “Saudi Print and Pack Exhibition 2020”   December 26, 2019 -   The Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd announced that the preparations for the 17th edition of “Saudi Plastic and Petrochem 2020” and “Saudi Print and Pack 2020” are underway. The exhibition will be held under the diamond sponsorship of SABIC and Advanced Petrochemical Company from January 13 till January 16, 2020. The latest edition of the exhibition will showcase new innovations that have the potential to contribute to a more diversified and prosperous economy. It is ex ......read more

IHG increases its portfolio bringing the modern and stylish lifestyle brand to the waterfront of the Arabian Gulf       Al Khobar, KSA, 24 December 2019:   Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched its second voco™ hotel: voco® Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in partnership with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.   Offering a spacious, modern, stylish and unstuffy hotel experience for guests, voco® Al Khobar boasts 130 rooms, embodies the characteristics of voco™ with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay. Every guest will experience the voco® sig ......read more

Celebrate life with the timeless sparkle of diamonds  December 24, 2019:   All of life’s moments are precious… but some sparkle in a way worth cherishing.  Whether celebrating a blissful union, honoring a special milestone, or expressing a love for others or simply for life itself, the  Mouawad Diamond Moments Collection immortalizes the timeless sparkle of diamonds with classic charm and contemporary appeal.   Perfectly suited to adding glamour to daywear and to imbuing evening wear with a touch of pure luxury,  the Mouawad Diamond Moments collection offers a choice of designs in 18k white, yellow or rose gold featuring white and y ......read more

New road rehabilitation project will revitalize Central Asia’s prime tourist destination Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 24 December:   As part of an official Republic of Kyrgyzstan state visit to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khalid Al-Khudairy Vice President and Managing Director for the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and Mrs. Baktygul Jeenbaeva, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan signed a new infrastructure loan agreement. SFD partnered with the Islamic Development Bank and the Kuwait Fund to contribute to the rehabilitation and improved construction of the 442 km long Lake Issykul Ring Road, which provides access from the Kyrgyz capital city of Bishkek to one of ......read more

• After Al Khobar and Riyadh, the new Visa Application Centre for Greece opens in Jeddah • Optional Visa At Your Doorstep service available to customers across the country     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 23, 2019:   Residents of Jeddah travelling to Greece can now apply for their visas from a Visa Application Centre within the city. VFS Global recently launched its new Greece Visa Application Centre, its third centre for the European country in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The first two centres were rolled out in the cities of Riyadh and Al Khobar at the start of this year.    The centre was inaugurated by Mr. Michael Votsis ......read more

Exclusive event taking place on the 10 – 11 February 2020 is expected to welcome more than 1,500 Retail CEOs Founders, Directors and policy-makers    23 December 2019 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:   Retail Leaders Circle, the prominent international organization that convenes powerful industry leaders, innovators and influential decision-makers, has announced that the Sixth Edition of Retail Leaders Circle (RLC) MENA Summit will take place on 10-11 February 2020 for the first time in the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment.   Retail’s mo ......read more

Sheikh Duaij Al-Khalifa and Ahmed Al Nabhan were among the honourees  Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - 22 December, 2019:   In the presence of senior sales managers of 47 hotels of Millennium hotels and resorts MEA, Khaled Al Shareef of Millennium and Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem honours media and public figures in Kuwait at the Gala event of the second Millennium roadshow this year. The Gala event aimed to honour public figures supporting social activities in GCC and the Arab world, on a larger scale, utilizing media and culture as their ultimate instrumentals to leave a positive social footprint. On Thursday 5 December 2019, Millennium Hotels and Resorts MEA ho ......read more

The Middle East’s fastest-growing hotel management company sets out ambitious strategy to establish a presence in every region kingdom-wide   Dubai, UAE - 22 December, 2019:   Millennium Hotels & Resorts MEA, the region’s fastest-growing hotel management company, has revealed ambitious development plans for Saudi Arabia with a goal of operating 25 hotels kingdom-wide by 2025. The group, which currently operates nine hotels across Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and Hail and has seven hotels under development in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Jizan and Tabouk, is targeting strategic locations in every region across the country as it maps out its blueprint for ......read more

Former World Number One joins star-studded field following Presidents Cup Captaincy   Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 21 December:   Four-time Major Champion and recent Presidents Cup International Team captain Ernie Els has confirmed his return to the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers from 30 January to 2 February 2020. Having come agonisingly close to masterminding an historic win for the Internationals against Team USA in Australia last week, Els becomes the latest golfing icon to join the world-class field at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). Not only will he line up against Wo ......read more

• ‘Arab Digital Capital’ initiative inaugurated at the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology • Riyadh leads the region in the promotion of technology as a catalyst for increased economic and social well-being       RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19 December 2019:   Riyadh is set to become the Arab world’s first ever digital capital city. The announcement was revealed at the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, which took place on December 18 at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Saudi Arabia’s capital.   The ......read more

Under the sponsorship of the Emirate of Al Madinah, the hotel organized an informative workshop   Al Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (December 19, 2019) – Millennium Taiba, the 5-star hotel located at the heart of Madinah, has organized an informative workshop for hospitality professionals in the region of Madinah. This influential event comes in line with the initiative of Madinah Emir Prince Faisal Bin Salman “Khair Umma” and aims to educate participants on how represent prevailing cultural values and morals in the hospitality and travel sectors. Named as “Khair Men Youmatheloha”, the workshop took place on November 2019 to be part of other ......read more

19 December 2019, UAE:  - Following the successful launch of three of its brands – Operation: Falafel, Catch 22 and Awani – in Riyadh and Operation: Falafel in Dammam and Dhahran, AWJ Investments is continuing its impressive expansion into the Saudi market with five restaurants set to open in H1 of 2020.  The company behind famous F&B brands Operation: Falafel, Catch22 and Awani is recognised as the biggest homegrown success story in the sector within the UAE. The continued growth in Saudi Arabia comes following the company’s established success in the Kingdom’s capital city Riyadh with openings in The Zone mall with Catch22 and Awani as well as Op ......read more

• Meeting discussed the future of the industrial sector and ways to improve its performance • Workshop organized in cooperation with Saudi Food and Drug Authority • Al-Awadi: Saudi’s participation reaffirms UAE-Saudi constant cooperation and coordination in the economic sector      18 December 2019:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, today (Wednesday) held an expanded meeting with representatives of Sharjah industrial sector to introduce them to the latest developments with regard to exporting food products to Saudi Arabia.   Held at the SCCI headquarters, the event was attended by HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al ......read more

Zahid Tractor named exclusive importer and distributor of UD Trucks, Parts and Services in the Kingdom   Middle East, 18 December 2019 – UD Trucks, the Japanese commercial vehicle brand that is fully owned by Volvo Group, has today confirmed Zahid Tractor as the new exclusive importer and distributor of UD Trucks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This announcement follows a mutual agreement between UD Trucks and Rolaco Group, (the brand’s previous partner in the Kingdom), to terminate their collaboration. The customer is central to everything that UD Trucks does – over almost 40 years of operation in KSA, the brand has been focused on delivering the highest po ......read more

The 24-year-old is convinced the Kingdom’s “different” competition conditions can help country’s riders come out on top – and inspire the sport’s next generation   Riyadh – December 18th:   Saudi champion horse-rider Abdulrahman Alrajhi believes that the Kingdom’s riding stars will have home advantage heading into the finals of this weekend’s Diriyah Equestrian Festival – and not only because of the passionate home support. For the 24-year-old, the Festival has provided the first ever opportunity for he and his riding peers to compete professionally at home, with the two-weekend event being Saudi Arabia&rsq ......read more

An insight on Saudi Arabia’s REIT market based on Q4 2019 data from Knight Frank Middle East     Dubai, UAE – October 18, 2019:   The number of REITs listed on the stock exchange reach 17, with a total market capitalisation of USD 3.7 billion as at early November 2019.    This is a substantial increase compared to Q1 2018, where according to Knight Frank’s last REIT update, the market consisted of 12 REITs with a USD 2.3 billion market capitalisation.    However, as expected we are seeing a slowdown in listings, with the vast majority of activity taking place in 2018 and not 2019. In 2018, nine new REITs were list ......read more

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 17, 2019:   Achieving Saudi Arabia’s Delivery Plan 2020, as part of its wider Saudi Vision 2030 Realisation Program, requires consolidation of the Kingdom’s regulatory laws, investment listing rules, and corporate governance. This was the view during ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty (CFF) roundtable on corporate fundraising and its challenges and opportunities in the Kingdom.  Panellists and invited guests discussed the outlook for venture capital under the current economic conditions in Saudi Arabia. The speakers also highlighted the limited accessibility to corporate finance in the Kingdom, and how it varies between ......read more

More than 72 kids from 4 schools have attended to rejoice their childhood Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (17 December, 2019) – Millennium and Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem, the luxury hotels situated at the heart of Makkah within Al Naseem district, hosted children from various local schools to rejoice their childhood for a day. This event falls under the program of the corporate social responsibility adopted by the hotels. On Wednesday 27 Nov 2019, 72 children from 4 local schools gathered in Lotus A & Lotus B restaurant at Millennium Makkah Al Naseem Hotel alongside guests in-house to celebrate this special day. The day started a special buffet for kids from 8:00 am to 10 ......read more

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 15, 2019:   December is a very special month for Shaza Al Madina as it celebrates its 9th anniversary. On the occasion, the hotel has unveiled an exceptional promotion for its guests whereby they can book a Junior Suite directly for SAR 999 only including breakfast buffet and dinner to stay between 1st to 19th December 2019. Discovery members can enjoy a 15% discount on all food and beverage consumptions and laundry services.  Amjad Irshaidat, Country General Manager for Shaza Hotels in KSA, stated, “We are delighted to celebrate this special occasion with our guests who are the real reason behind our success. It is with a great s ......read more

• New Index ranks Singapore, Amsterdam, London, Shanghai, and New York as the top five cities • Dubai and Riyadh feature in the top-ranking cities representing the Middle East region • Global cities in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa ranked on mobility ecosystem development     Dubai, December 15, 2019:   Singapore tops Oliver Wyman Forum’s inaugural Urban Mobility Readiness Index: How Cities Rank on Mobility Ecosystem Development. The index ranks 30 cities on how prepared they are to incorporate the latest mobility technologies and what they are doing to reshape urban mobility. The to ......read more

Great discounts and bundle offers on HONOR’s top picks for design and performance   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 14th December, 2019 – Celebrating another successful year of innovation for youth in the region, HONOR, the leading smartphone e-brand, has today announced the launch of its annual anniversary sale from 12th to 27th December on its e-store (https://www.hihonor.com/sa-en/). The sale presents customers with exciting deals and discounts on a range of popular HONOR products, including smartphones, wearables and accessories, that are stunningly designed and available at a surprisingly small price. Bundle offer: HONOR 9X + Gift Box including a speaker, car charger and ......read more

13 Saudi female equestrians make their home debut in the FEI sanctioned Diriyah Equestrian Festival Saudi - December 14, 2019:   The second edition of the now four-star Diriyah Equestrian Festival by Saudi Aramco serves as an important step in determining which equestrians will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games and the 2020 World Cup. However, a more significant aspect of the competition is that it sees women equestrians compete side by side with their male counterparts for the very first time in Saudi Arabia. Over the course of its two weekends, the Diriyah Equestrian Festival will welcome 120 riders, 150 grooms, 50 officials, 300 companions and trainers, 250 mem ......read more

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 12, 2019:   Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) Supervisor-General Ambassador Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir welcomed a delegation from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at program headquarters in Riyadh on Wednesday. The guests were briefed on Saudi development efforts in Yemen. The MSF delegation included International Representative in the Middle East Antoine Bieler; Deputy Middle East Program Manager and Yemen Project Officer Caroline Seguin; and Yemen Program Manager Charles Gaudry. The staff of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen gave an introductory presentation of SDRPY projects and initiatives ......read more

• Signed agreements with key customers and stakeholders in the GCC • Much-awaited laboratory poised to be the first in the region and largest in the world to begin construction     December 12, 2019:    Gulf Electrical Power Laboratories (CESI | GEPL), a state-of-the-art electromechanical testing facility, announced the commencement of their operations as a separate entity that provides localized and technical services from Saudi to the wider GCC region. This will be followed by construction of the much-awaited electrical testing laboratory poised to be the first in the region and largest in area. The announcement was made today at an official ceremo ......read more

 Valuable wedding package with 30% discount on banquet services   Makkah, KSA - December 12, 2019:  Planning a wedding can be intimidating sometimes especially when people expect a grand ballroom wedding and can’t find the right place to celebrate, but a wedding at M Hotel Makkah by Millennium can be only exciting and joyful.  Located at the heart of the holy city of Makkah, M Hotel Makkah by Millennium provides an exceptional chance to brides and grooms to celebrate and rejoice with their families and friends. Wishing them a great fortune in their journey together, the hotel offers couples looking for to enter the golden cage and perpetuate their most ......read more

IFS’s leading workforce scheduling solution to radically improve the efficiency of 5,000 field service engineers   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 11, 2019:   IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Saudi Telecom Company (STC), a world class digital leader providing innovative services and platforms to our customers and enabling the digital transformation of the MENA region, has selected IFS Service Management™ to increase process efficiency, improve margins, and facilitate improved customer satisfaction. To bolster its leading market position and ready the company for future business driven by an increasing need for digital ......read more

December 12, 2019: World-renowned luxury jeweller Mouawad unveiled The Miss Universe Power of Unity Crown, crafted by Mouawad, at an exclusive press event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis today ahead of its grand debut at the 2019 MISS UNIVERSE® competition on Sunday, December 8, at 7 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on FOX and Telemundo. The crown is valued at approximately $5 million USD. Taking its inspiration from the universal themes of nature, strength, beauty, femininity and community, the  crown was created with 18-karat gold and handset with more than 1,770 white diamonds and three golden canary diamonds. These hundreds of diamonds are set in intricate motifs of petals, leaves and ......read more

Ultra-high-end Public Investment Fund (PIF) hotel and residential project, AMAALA, is set to become an exclusive, sustainable destination for well-heeled adventurers through transformational wellness, arts and the purity of the Red Sea.                              RIYADH – 9 DECEMBER 2019:    AMAALA, a visionary giga-project by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) underway in northwest Saudi Arabia, has been incorporated as a standalone company. A jewel in the crown for the Middle East Riviera alongside a hidden, untouched and thriving stretch of the Red Sea coastline, AMAALA will set new ......read more

• Saudi Arabia’s EGZ claims $400,000 prize in Summoners Rift competition • American music artist Jason Derulo takes to the stage to conclude the festival • Riot Games METAI General Manager praises impact of inaugural eSports event   Riyadh, 8 December 2019:   Saudi Arabia’s EGZ was crowned champions in the main category as American R&B star Jason Derulo concluded the Nexus festival with a spectacular performance in Riyadh on Saturday night.   An initiative of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the festival was the first to be staged by Riot Games in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as part of its strate ......read more

Riyadh, 7 December 2019:   American DJ, Mako and electronic music act The Crystal Method headlined Friday's (6 December) concert on day two of Riot Games’ The Nexus festival in Riyadh. Taking to the stage just after 20:50 at Riyadh Boulevard, the duo wowed the audience with spectacular performances during the one-hour concert. As well as the concert, people also witnessed some thrilling matches as the region’s eight best sides competed in the play-off stages of the League of Legends’ 5v5 Summoners Rift competition. The Nexus festival will conclude on Saturday (December 7) where the winners of the six competitions including the Cosplay will win a sli ......read more

Riyadh, 7 December 2019:    The best gamers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region began their battle for supremacy in the League of Legends as the inaugural Nexus Festival kicked off in style on Thursday night in Riyadh.   Hosted by Riot Games for the first time in the region, hundreds of people gathered at Riyadh Boulevard to witness the opening of the three-day event that combines gaming, entertainment and attractions. It is part of an initiative of Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA).   Among the teams in action were Levant’s Nasr eSports and Saudi Arabia’s EGZ, who are two of the eight sides vying for glory in ......read more

The three-day congress sheds light on the latest technological innovations, investment opportunities and developments in pharmaceutical manufacturing    Saudi - December 04, 2019: The 5th MENA Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Congress and Exhibition kicked off today at the Voco Hotel, Riyadh. The three-day congress with the theme – ‘Improving pharmaceutical manufacturing through innovative strategies and knowledge’ – will discuss key innovations, challenges and opportunities in Saudi Arabia, and the MENA region in general.     Dr. Moureq Alotaibi, President of Saudi Pharmaceutical Society, and Dr. Faisal BinDail, Chairman of National C ......read more

December 04, 2019:   Chloé revisits its “Carlina” sunglasses with a new and delicate jewel-inspired embellishment. The style’s signature concentric circles are adorned with a pearl-like jewel on the left side, lending a sophisticated and feminine allure to the iconic, oversized round frame. The light-catching, gradient or pearlescent lenses, are further illuminated with yellow or rose gold metallic finishes and opaline-nuanced acetate temple tips. The temples are finished with the brand’s signature teardrop cutout serving as an aesthetic and functional way to attach the Chloé eyewear jewelry. Available in Yellow Gold with Opaline Nude temple tips an ......read more

December 1, 2019 – It has been announced today (December 1, 2019) that the 3rd Saudi Maritime Congress is planned for March 2020 to take place in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Held in partnership with Founding Strategic Partners, Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and Bahri, the event will be held from 22-23 March under the patronage of Transport Ministry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will highlight the achievements of the Kingdom’s shipping industry. The event will provide an ideal platform for local and global industry leaders and authorities to examine the prospects for development and investment in the Kingdom’s maritime and logistics sectors in line with the Visio ......read more

• The Kingdom of    Saudi Arabia   assumes the 2020 G20 Presidency today, 1 December, 2019. • The Saudi G20 Presidency will focus on "Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All." • The Kingdom of  Saudi Arabia  commends the work of the Japanese G20 Presidency in 2019 and will continue to support its efforts to forge global cooperation.    Saudi, Decmber 03, 219:  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia assumes the G20 Presidency today, leading up to the Leaders' Summit in Riyadh on 21-22 November, 2020. The Saudi G20 Presidency commends the work of the Japanese G20 Presidency in 2019 and will continue to suppo ......read more

Criminals had manufactured and traded large volumes of counterfeit print cartridges   SAUDIA ARABIA, November 28, 2019 – HP and Saudi Arabian authorities conducted a number of highly successful operations in the summer of 2019, to disrupt the trade of counterfeit HP branded cartridges across Saudi Arabia.   In July 2019, Saudi officials, supported by HP, raided several storage facilities located in the Riyadh and Jeddah areas, As a result, these anti-counterfeiting measures have resulted in over 65,000 illicit items seized, and the criminal operations have been disrupted. Counterfeiting is a crime. For users, such illegal imitations can cause a multitude of problem ......read more

November 27, 2019 - Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a ceremony held at Nayyara Banqueting and Conferences Centre in Riyadh in the presence of officials, businessmen, shareholders, and customers. Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, Chairman of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company of Saudi Arabia, said in his speech: “Dar Al Arkan has been leading the development of unique real estate projects that contribute to urban development since its launch in Riyadh in 1994. The company has many world-class property developments in Riyadh, Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, and other major cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to its credit. Cu ......read more

November 24, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute – at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1. The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad’s Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery. The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and was attended by H.E. Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal 1, and management from Etihad Airways. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Gr ......read more

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The MENA Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Congress and Exhibition will take place in Riyadh to discuss opportunities and challenges in the pharmaceutical industry   Saudi - November 20, 2019:    With population touching 30mn and state-of-the-art hospitals, both private and public, booming, the healthcare market in Saudi Arabia is expected to reach SR 51.2bn ($13.6bn) in 2020. As is the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, which will double local production capacities by 2023.   Industry reports suggest just around 20% of the drugs consumed in the country is made locally, and the National Transformation Programme (NTP) is working to boost the proportion ......read more

Over 60 international experts have concluded a 2-day symposium ‘Riyadh: The Sustainable City’, offering advice and suggestions on projects worth US$23 billion, that will help transform Riyadh into a world-class sustainable city and enhance the lives of its 7 million residents.    Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19 November 2019:    A panel of prominent international experts from various academic and professional fields have concluded a symposium on Riyadh’s plans to become a world-class sustainable city. The Symposium, hosted by The Royal Commission for Riyadh (RCRC), took place at King Fahad Library, Riyadh on 12th and 13th November 2019. Ro ......read more

New Survey from BPG Group and YouGov Highlights Consumers’ Views about Social Media Influencers   19 November 2019:   The fourth edition of the Social Media Influencers survey by BPG Group and YouGov found that 85 per cent of respondents follow social media influencers in the UAE and KSA, while 79 per cent have unfollowed many social media influencers due to their increased promotional content and contrasting values and ethics.  But despite this movement by consumers, the survey reveals that influencers with relevant content continue to have a strong following as they win and retain consumer trust, which ultimately impacts purchasing decisions.  &nbs ......read more

• Abdul Latif Jameel and alfanar Electric Division Show Customer Experience Success • At Digital Saudi 2030, SAP to Showcase Latest Customer Experience Innovations     RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – 19 November 2019:   Customer experience will be a business priority for 96 percent of Saudi Arabia businesses in 2020, according to a new YouGov survey launched today ahead of the Digital Saudi 2030 Riyadh event.   In line with Digital Saudi 2030’s theme “Transform or Be Left Behind,” as Saudi organizations digitally transform into Intelligent Enterprises, they can no longer provide products and services – ......read more

November 19, 2019:  The determined and independent Ella Balinska joins the Panthère tribe: a community of strong personalities united by the same instinct. A line of devoted panther fans including its creator Jeanne Toussaint, the Duchess of Windsor, María Félix and even Daisy Fellowes... all women of character for whom the panther symbolises freedom. As well as graduating from the prestigious Guildford School of Acting, Ella has also trained in martial arts at the Academy of Performance Combat: Cartier has chosen this young British actress for her boldness and positive energy which she demonstrates in both her personal life and in her performances. A carefree and joyful y ......read more

● Prizes worth $2 Million up for grabs spread across six competitions ● The festival to debut in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as part of the Riyadh Season  ● International music artists to perform at the Nexus concert      17 November, 2019:   Riot Games today announced the launch of ‘The Nexus’, their first official event in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.    The event, running from 5 - 7 December, will be part of the Riyadh Season, an initiative by the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) to transform Saudi Arabia into a global tourist and entertainment destination.   ......read more

Polymath Ventures led the round to accelerate ekar’s growth in the carsharing space   18 November 2019 – ekar, the Middle East’s first and largest carshare operator, will now launch operations in Riyadh following the company’s successful Series B totaling USD$17.5 million in June of this year.  Dubai-based venture capital firm Polymath Ventures led the round which includes Al Yemni Group and Audacia Capital. “We are excited to announce the launch of ekar Riyadh and are eager to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Saudi residents and tourists alike with ekar’s seamless carshare service,” says Vilhelm Hedberg, CEO ......read more

November 18, 2019:    Aigner debuts a spectacular new collection of accessories that is radically different from the understated aesthetic candor that the brand is world renowned for. In what could be touted as a first for the brand, the collection is imbued with youth and versatility to bring an edition of runway-worthy everyday accessories.  Each jewellery, designed to make a lasting statement includes a variety of styles from asymmetrical and mismatched earrings to a delicious dose of charms. With layered necklaces and stacked up rings, this is a collection that is dedicatedly designed for the AIGNER woman: who is fearless in her choices and ways.  Beckoning a ......read more

 The Saudi banking sector will remain robust in 2020, with strong capitalization and stabilizing asset quality meaning we do not expect any bank rating changes in 2020.  Softer global monetary policy may be an opportunity for banks to borrow abroad, but will create pressure on net special commission income.  Credit growth will recover but remain mortgage driven.       November 17, 2019:   Rated banks in Saudi Arabia should maintain stable financial risk profiles in 2020, barring any unexpected increase in geopolitical risk or a major fall in oil prices. S&P Global Ratings does not envisage these scenarios in our base case, howe ......read more

November 17, 2019:    S&P Global Ratings said today that Saudi Aramco's forthcoming IPO on the Saudi Stock Exchange (the Tadawul) could enable the sovereign to further strengthen its net asset position. And, if subsequently effectively deployed, the funds raised could be used to support longer-term economic growth in Saudi Arabia (unsolicited; A-/Stable/A-2). Saudi Arabia currently fully owns Saudi Aramco, which is the world's largest company by a significant margin. It plans to sell about 1%-3% of the company through an IPO.   We understand that the bulk of the funds raised will go to the government or the Public Investment Fund, potentially adding to the sov ......read more

• MoU signed by Mahmoud Adi, CEO of Hub71, and Shaima Hamidaddin, Executive Manager, Misk Global Forum, at the Misk Global Forum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia • Hub71 named UAE’s National Organizer for Entrepreneurship World Cup 2020, and is on the hunt for the UAE’s most outstanding tech startups to form ‘Team UAE’  • Hub71 to judge the world’s best startups at EWC 2019 and offers generous prizes     14 November 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:   During the three-day Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, the Misk Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, that ......read more

Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 13, 2019:    The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) recently announced the launch of its largest integrated logistics area, Al Khomra Logistics Zone, located on the Red Sea coast of Jeddah. The zone will include primary and secondary manufacturing facilities, storage and cooling facilities, as well as food distribution centres.   Commenting on the plans for the new development in the Kingdom, Dana Salbak, Research Director MENA said:    “This is a strategic move in line with Vision 2030, and Saudi Arabia’s efforts to continue diversifying its revenues away from oil.   “Not only does this provi ......read more

During the festival, which runs until December 15, Riyadh is turning into one of the biggest entertainment hubs in the world.    Saudi Arabia - November 13, 2019:  Candylicious, the candy wonderland, offers delightful moments to its guests to truly bring out the child in everyone. The whimsical candy store will provide an incredible selection of candies, chocolates sourced from the four corners of the globe, unique and playful souvenirs as well as exclusive Candylicious merchandise.  More than a pop-up, every square corner of the 4,000sqft store showcases flavourful and unique sweets and treats, such as the signature pick & mix wall. Packed with fun-filled ......read more

SDRPY and SU from UK Government train more than 80 professionals from across 14 Saudi government entities  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 13, 2019:   Officials of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) have jointly organized the 1st Saudi-UK Stabilization Workshop with counterparts from the Stabilisation Unit (SU) of the Department for International Development (DFID), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defense (MoD), UK Embassy Riyadh and UK Embassy Yemen. The workshop is covering the UK's approach to stabilization, security and justice sector stabilization, the UK's Fusion Doctrine, and the Whole of Government App ......read more

Effort Paves Way for More Development and Reconstruction in Yemen Following Riyadh Agreement     RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 11, 2019:  A joint workshop of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Yemen, entitled "The Future of Development and Reconstruction in Yemen," kicked off Sunday morning at the headquarters of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) in Riyadh. In attendance are Prime Minister of Yemen Dr. Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed, SDRPY Supervisor-General Ambassador Mohammed bin Saeed Al Jabir, a number of ministerial officials of the Yemeni government, Saudi Assistant Minister for International Financial Affairs A ......read more

 KENZO is pleased to announce the store opening of a new store located at Mall of Arabia in Jeddah. November 10, 2019:  The store features KENZO’s identity within the space, from interior design to the versatile collections. The new KENZO store connects with the local ambiance while engaging with the worlds of creativity and modernity. The 111-square-meter space displays large mirrors and aluminum racks that showcase pieces from the latest collections. The aesthetic is sophisticated and clean with a friendly and colorful atmosphere. Spanning the area, the store showcases the KENZO ready-to-wear, accessories, and footwear collections, with a focus on bags. The c ......read more

As Saudi Arabia continues its major development plans, the Golf Saudi Summit will bring the industry together for a unique business-to-business event   10 November 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:   Today saw the launch of an all-new global golf business event, the Golf Saudi Summit, that will bring together captains of industry and national leaders to debate hot topics and modern development tactics at the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers from 2-4 February 2020. Staged in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, the event will allow guests the opportunity to learn more about golf’s rapid growth within the Kingdom and provide an opportunity ......read more

Hosted by Emirati photographer Obaid Al Budoor who shares with us his personal hospitality journey in the Holy City  The 4-part series is airing now on National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s YouTube Channel   November 10 2019:   National Geographic Abu Dhabi announced today the release of a new short format series in partnership with Accor, providing viewers a behind-the-scenes insight on the sprawling growth of the hotel infrastructure sector in the Holy City of Makkah, Saudi Arabia to meet the needs of the ever-growing number of pilgrims throughout the year.  Hosted by Emirati National Geographic photographer Obaid Al Budoor, the 4-part mini-series s ......read more

Four-part ‘a Look Into Accor’ Programme, Hosted by Emirati Photographer Obaid Al Budoor, Goes Behind the Scenes at Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel Properties in the Holy City   November 10, 2019:    Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, has partnered with free-to-air Arabic documentary channel, National Geographic Abu Dhabi, to produce a four-part series showcasing its world-class pilgrim hospitality services at its Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel properties in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.   Airing now, ‘A look into Accor’ follows the personal hospitality journey of host, Emirati photographer Obaid Al Budoor, glancing behind the ......read more

• Eleventh annual Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index compares 37 retirement systems • Saudi Arabia received better ratings than Japan and Italy        Riyadh, 7 November 2019:   Mercer, a global consulting leader in health, wealth and career, released the results of its 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index survey (MMGPI) that compares pension plans across the world. According to the survey, Saudi Arabia had an overall index value of 57.1 among the countries analysed, scoring better than countries like Japan and Italy.   This year’s index edition added three retirement systems; Philippines, Thailand and Turk ......read more

• Material impact of Breakthrough Program turnaround strategy realised by results • Third-quarter gross profit of SAR 49.1 million improved by 79.7% year-on-year • Nine-month revenue of SAR 698.7 million improved by 16.2% from 2018 • Nine-month net loss narrowed by 55.1% from 2018     Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 7 November 2019:   Shaker Group (“Al Hassan Ghazi Ibrahim Shaker Co.”, the “Company” or the “Group”), Saudi Arabia’s leading importer, manufacturer and distributor of Air Conditioners and Home Appliances, has announced its financial results for the period ended 30 September 2019. Third-quart ......read more

November 07, 2019:    AIGNER’s tribute to absolute femininity, Aprilia is defined by the delicateness that inches every element of its detail. Set in graceful silhouette, the timepiece harbours one of most exquisite dials ever designed by AIGNER. White Camellias – symbolic of love and adoration— festoons the pearlised canvas of the dial that is outlined by a sparkling trail of glitter and metallic indices.  Special mention has to be given to the bracelet that juxtaposes the suppleness of the dial by lending a subversive aesthetic. The band of graphic monograms, intercepting the metal bracelet, renders playfulness that stops the timepiece from being ......read more

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  6 November 2019:   The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) enhanced their relationship today when Mr Saeb Eigner, Chairman of the DFSA, met His Excellency Ahmed Al-Kholifey, Governor of SAMA, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen mutual cooperation in their supervision of banking and insurance.   The MoU will facilitate the exchange of information and oversight of institutions supervised by the respective authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).   Under the MoU, both parties will be able to coopera ......read more

STAMFORD, CONN. and RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA, November 4, 2019:   Following the historic Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, WWE (NYSE: WWE) and the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) have expanded their live event partnership through 2027 to include a second annual large-scale event.  WWE and GEA also continue to work towards the completion of a media agreement in the MENA region.     This long-term partnership demonstrates WWE and GEA’s commitment to bring sports entertainment to the region and supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.     ...read more

November 5th, 2019:   Almost two years after the announcement of their partnership to pilot the implementation and management of Outside Plant (OSP) across Saudi Arabia's regions by 2020, the Integrated Telecom Company (ITC), leader in information and communication technologies in Saudi Arabia and Sofrecom, a subsidiary of the Orange Group, specialized in Consulting and engineering in the telecommunications sector, are proud to announce that they have connected more than 400,000 households to the FTTH network.   The partnership which started in 2017 between ITC and Sofrecom, leads to sharing the experience and technological expertise of the Orange Group in the F ......read more

November 03, 2019:    Perfect for apartments, flats, townhouses and rentals, Ring Door View Cam is a wire-free video doorbell that transforms a door viewer into a smart security device.   Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – November 3, 2019 - Ring, whose mission is to make neighborhoods safer, today launched its fifth video doorbell, Ring Door View Camn  in Saudi Arabia for SAR 729 (excluding VAT) at online retail outlets such as Souq Saudi Arabia and Jarir Online. A wire-free video doorbell that transforms a traditional door viewer into a smart security device, Door View Cam is easily installed in place of an existing peephole and does not require drilling or p ......read more

World’s leading hyperloop company and Saudi’s renowned King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) sign agreement during Future Investment Initiative    NOVEMBER 02, 2019:  Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), the world’s leading hyperloop company, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom’s renowned King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).   Signed at this year’s Future Investment Initiative, one of the most significant investment conferences globally, the California-based hyperloop company and the Kingdom’s leading private research institution have committed ......read more

October 31, 2019:    WWE fans in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region will be able to watch Crown Jewel live from 8pm AST on Rotana Khalejia, MBC Action, MBC Persia, MBC Masr and MBC Iraq.    “We are so excited to be here in Riyadh and want all WWE fans to tune-in and watch an incredible evening of live action and family-friendly entertainment,” said WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley.    “If you cannot be there to experience Crown Jewel in person, make sure you tune-in to see me as I take on Cesaro,” said Mansoor, the first WWE Superstar from Saudi Arabia. “I want to feel the support of everyone in Saudi Arabia whether they are at the Kin ......read more

KSA, 30 October 2019:   The recent launch of international tourist e-visas in Saudi Arabia, as part of Vision 2030 initiatives to boost tourism and increase global competitiveness, is set to have a positive long term impact on the Kingdom’s real estate market, outlines JLL’s latest Q3 market reports.  In efforts to diversify the economy away from oil the government launched tourism giga-projects across the Kingdom and most recently new E-Visas for 49 countries to boost international visitor arrivals. These major initiatives and ongoing reforms are set to shape a more diverse hospitality landscape, stimulating real estate development and new investor opportunitie ......read more

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