COOL INC ANNOUNCES THE HOLDING’S FIRST VERTICAL, DESTINATION DINING & MEMBERS’ CLUBS INTRODUCING A WAVE OF OVER 20 INNNOVATIVE GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED CULINARY HOTSPOTS TO THE HEART OF SAUDI ARABIA

Cool Inc, the lifestyle game changer curating a unique version of what’s Cool in Saudi Arabia, officially unveils the first phase of their mission aimed at enriching the Kingdom’s cultural, creative and leisure lifestyle experiences. Selecting the best in the world of F&B, the holding is set to introduce over 20 globally acclaimed culinary concepts officially debuting in 2023. Set in Saudi Arabia’s most vibrant cities, Riyadh and Jeddah, Cool Inc brings a wide array of concepts including studded Michelin-starred celebrity hotspots, as well as street style dining destinations loved by tastemakers from around the globe.The announcement of Cool Inc’s Destination Dining & Member’s Clubs vertical is set to inject innovative hospitality into the culinary scene of the Kingdom connecting global industry experts with the visionaries and curators of tomorrow. Hand selected anchor brands form one of the many elements of the diverse portfolio of gastronomical spots to open including Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Scott’s, Sexy Fish, WAGYUMAFIA, Gymkhana and Madeo.Cool Inc’s mission is driven by original thinkers possessing an unwavering desire to exceed guests’ expectations, inviting them to discover a plethora of unique experiences curated for the Kingdom. Cool Inc’s diverse and hand selected offerings guarantee an option for every taste and requirement, adding a personalised elevation for every occasion from fine dining, upscale culinary venues, to more casual dining experiences.Motivated by unmatched quality, the leadership of Cool Inc garners and builds solid partnerships with global tastemakers, acclaimed brands and the masterminds creating them to bring new experiences to Saudi Arabia. Sinan Al Saady, Founder & Group CEO of Cool Inc expresses his thoughts on the launch of Cool Inc’s first vertical. ‘’In the pre-pandemic era, residents of the Kingdom spent roughly $22 billion a year in overseas travel for leisure, recreation, and tourism purposes. Keeping the current international climate and the welfare of Saudis at the forefront, we at Cool Inc believe in the success that these brands will bring by introducing favourite, globally acclaimed restaurants to both residents and visitors. The Launch of Cool Inc coupled with world-renowned F&B brands is set to transport the taste of the world to over 36 million residents across the Kingdom, and further fast-track the country’s status on the map for its innovative gastronomy’’ commented Al Saady. ‘’The spending on F&B restaurants and services in Saudi Arabia is set to see an increase of 6% per annum in this decade, with the hospitality industry contributing to the GDP of the Kingdom at an approximate of 10%, which is a substantial indicator of the significance and demand by residents and visitors for unique dining experiences. We believe in the success of these globally accredited brands that we are set to introduce, and in the fact that they will support the shift of the economy and lifestyle of the Kingdom’’- commented Olivier Flamant, CEO of the Destination Dining & Members’ Clubs vertical at Cool Inc. ‘With the launch of our first vertical, we are setting the tone for what Cool Inc will bring to the Kingdom. This is just the beginning of Cool Inc’s journey of bringing cool to the Kingdom’’, he added.On their partnership with Cool Inc, various partners express confidence in the leadership of the holding group. “A perfect fit for Riyadh’s discerning diners, Sexy Fish will be one of the most exciting, premium culinary spots to ever land in Saudi. We’re delighted to be partnering with Cool Inc and expanding our relationship through them, to the Saudi market.”, commented Richard Caring, British businessman, restaurateur, and the brain behind the Richard Caring Group.Chef and owner Hisato Hamada of WAGYUMAFIA, known for his varied portfolio of experiences, comments on his partnership with Cool Inc; “At WAGYUMAFIA, we pride ourselves on fostering a community of like-minded individuals who share the same passion of exploring unique, high quality, ingredient-driven culinary experiences. After our first successful experience in the Kingdom dating back to 2019, It is an honor to partner with Cool Inc, establish ourselves once again, and instill our belief within Saudi hospitality- that a memorable meal is a result of good food and good company.”As part of its journey, Cool Inc will be operating across integrated sectors forming an ecosystem of destination dining & members’ clubs, bespoke travel, luxury lodging and adventure experiences as its key verticals.Discover the selection of elected dining concepts that will be introduced by Cool Inc in the first phase HERE.

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Starbucks Celebrates the Launch of its Rewards Program Across Saudi Arabia

The Starbucks Rewards Program launched today and is available on the Apple and Android App Stores. The loyalty program awards customers with ‘stars’ and aims to expand its growing community by providing them with exciting experiences that uplift them every day and allows them to connect to the community. 
The Rewards Program is accessible through the Starbucks KSA Application and is designed to reward the most loyal customers by allowing them to unlock many benefits through personalization that goes beyond the traditional loyalty program offerings. Members of the Starbucks’ Rewards community have the chance to collect 4 stars for every 10 SAR spent on any beverage, food, coffee beans or merchandise product range at Starbucks Stores across the Kingdom. When they reach 250 stars, their Starbucks drink is free, and they will attain Gold Level once they reach 750 stars. Gold members can get a free drink on their birthday and enjoy exclusive tailored benefits and offers. 

Andy Holmes, President of Starbucks at Alshaya Group said: “We are thrilled to be launching our loyalty program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Customers in Saudi Arabia are not only tech-savvy and digitally driven, but they are also seeking personalized experiences that meet their evolving needs and delight them on a daily basis. This is what Starbucks’ Rewards Program aims to achieve. We are on a mission to grow our community and expand our offerings and value to our communities as we continue our digital transformation strategy”.  

To celebrate the launch of the rewards program, Starbucks organized a pop-up booth complete with an interactive experience. The experience allowed attendees to meet and interact with other Starbucks community members allowing them the chance to share their excitement about the Rewards Program. The attendees who downloaded the application had the chance to see their names appear on the large star-shaped screen at the pop-up. 
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ROKA Riyadh Marks its First Anniversary with a Celebratory Party Hosts an exclusive evening with live entertainment, innovative dishes, and signature ROKA charm

Renowned contemporary Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, ROKA, celebrated its first anniversary by hosting a specially curated evening on Wednesday 19th October 2022.

ROKA celebrated with its patrons who are establishing the country’s new narrative, from the Kingdom’s Royal families and visionaries to CEOs, influencers, and key opinion leaders.

An award-winning DJ from the MDL Beast lineup, a talented percussionist and an interactive painter set the mood for the evening, entertaining over a hundred guests in attendance.

The meticulously crafted menu for the evening included crispy prawn maki rolls and chicken karaage with tensuy mayonnaise along with ROKA’s elevated, Japanese-inspired mojitosand mocktails including pineapple shogun and okoku infused with mint, matcha and vanilla. All the guests in attendance received gifts from the celebrated brand, Rituals.

2022 has been a momentous year for ROKA Riyadh; receiving several accolades such as ‘Restaurant of the Year’ and ‘Best Japanese Restaurant’ in Riyadh by TimeOut Riyadh.

Located in midtown, ROKA Riyadh showcases a unique restaurant and terrace space with an urban design which features live edge wooden counters, antique timber, and Japanese rice paper walls. The outdoor dining area is a serene, landscaped oasis in the city.

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AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravan 2022 Sees Leading Tourism Brands Gather to Target UAE & Saudi Travellers

AVIAREPS, the global leader and expert in growing and developing outbound tourism, aviation and hospitality demand, with a portfolio of more than 100 airlines and 250 travel and tourism clients worldwide, successfully relaunched its in-person AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravan after a 2-year hiatus following the Covid pandemic. Over 110 key travel industry professionals, media and travel influencers attended the Dubai leg of the event which was held on October 11th, 2022 at the Shangri-la Dubai Hotel, with the same number of visitors expected for the Riyadh event on October 12th, 2022.

The travel roadshow sees key international travel brands and destinations gather under the one roof to meet with the UAE’s and Saudi Arabia’s key outbound travel agencies and meeting and conferencing professionals, to meet one to one to develop new travel packages, itineraries and events tailored for UAE and Saudi Arabia-based travellers.

A total of 27 key international partners joined the 2022 edition of the AVIAREPS Caravan including Qatar Tourism Board, The Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Malta Tourism Authority, The Royal Commission for AlUla, Visit California, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and a host of international hospitality brands, airlines and destination management companies. In addition to meeting leading travel agencies, partners also had the opportunity to meet with popular travel influencers from the region, as well as join an intimate panel discussion industry thought leaders, that included representatives from Emirates Holidays, ITL World and Al Rostamani Travel, where they were updated on the latest travel trends and consumer travel requirements from the region.

Glenn Johnston, Vice President Middle East & Global Public Affairs, AVIAREPS commented: “As we head towards a post pandemic world outbound international travel from the Gulf Countries continues to demonstrate a remarkably strong and quick return compared to all other major travel regions around the globe. Within this context it is extremely important and timely to hold such an event. By bringing the UAE and Saudi Arabia’s travel professionals directly in contact with such an exciting and eclectic mix of travel providers and destinations, I’m confident we will all see jointly crafted, attractive travel experiences and offerings to follow, that will no doubt create new travel trends for the coming months and 2023.”

Not only do travellers from the Gulf countries tend to travel more often than others, but they also tend to stay longer and have one of the world’s highest average-daily-spends while travelling. The luxury travel segment is particularly strong, as too is MICE travel, providing a multitude of opportunities for entities seeking to diversify their client mix.

Johnston added; “This year’s edition of the AVIAREPS Middle East Travel Caravancomes on the healsof Dubai EXPO 2020, which successfully concluded earlier this year. Many of this year’s caravan participants have decided to use this platform to continue the positive and productive momentum created during EXPO, and use it further strengthen their presence in the Middle East market. Personal networks and ongoing connections remain an essential ingredient for business success within our region. A key focus for us is to ensure that through our well-established industry networks both co-participants and our carefully selected Middle Eastern outbound partners see a return on their investment and a growth in their business. That is our commitment to these events.”

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The European Union Celebrates European Language Day in the Kingdom European and Saudi partners get together to promote multi-lingualism as an enabler of intercultural understanding and business opportunities

On 26 September, the European Union marks the European Language Day, an annual celebration of the continent’s linguistic and cultural richness. This year, the European Union is also celebrating this occasion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the aim of promoting further intercultural understanding and the learning of foreign languages.

As part of the festivities, the European Union Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hosting a European Night of Languages, a get-together where more than 200 participants will gather to practice various European languages and interact with Ambassadors and staff from the EU Delegation and several Embassies of the EU Member States. Participants will also get a chance to learn some basic words and phrases in some less spoken European languages as well as engage in entertaining games and quizzes. The event is held in partnership with Riyadh Language Exchange, a Saudi non-profit organisation that aims to boost intercultural and multilingual exchange in the Kingdom. Supported by Alliance Française, Goethe Institut and Education First, the European Night of Languages will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya Hotel in Riyadh on 28 September 2022 from 6.45-10.30PM. Participants are asked to register in advance, as places are limited. No prior foreign language knowledge is required to attend. To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/european-language-day-tickets-419082215187

Speaking ahead of the event, the EU Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, H.E. Patrick Simonnet said: ‘’Europe is known for its cultural and linguistic diversity. On average, almost two-thirds of Europeans are able to converse in one or more foreign languages. Language is what connects us as people and enables us to communicate and better understand one-another. It is encouraging to see that also more and more Saudis are interested in learning languages. There has never been a better time to learn a new language and reap the socio-economic benefits that multi-lingualism has to offer, from global access to knowledge and education, to better job opportunities and greater cultural understanding.’’ 

Reiterating the importance of languages as a bridge-builder between cultures, Mohammed Matham, co-founder of Riyadh Language Exchange, added: “We at the Riyadh Language Exchange have dreamt about bringing world languages to Saudi Arabia and are pleased to see that dream coming true. Our efforts over the past four years to support the practice of languages and cultural exchange are bearing fruit. It is a great privilege to partner up with the European Union Delegation to organize such an exceptional event.”

The European Language Day will also be marked at various European schools in the Kingdom, including SEK International School Riyadh and the German International School in Riyadh, whereby students will participate in fun-filled activities focused on language learning. On the occasion of the European Language Day, Alliance Française and the Goethe-Institut will both offer also a free trial class for beginners on 26 September 2022, respectively in French and German.

The European Languages Day is an event celebrated annually on 26 September and jointly organised by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, aiming to promote linguistic diversity and cultural heritage, reinforce intercultural understanding as well as encourage people of all ages to learn languages.

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Vivo Launches New High-performance, Color Changing V25 and V25 Pro with Enhanced Photography Features for Creative Expression

The new V25 series enables new dimensions of creativity with flagship-level camera technology, and stylish appearances with eye-catching colors

vivo has unveiled the latest additions to its stylish V series: V25 and V25 Pro. With superior photography features, the smartphones have been designed for users who express themselves through photos and videos. The new V25 series will give users the power to embark on a self-expression journey with its stunning camera, powered by high-performance, energy-efficient hardware, all cased in an exquisite body.
 
The new V25 series follows V series’ heritage of capturing exquisite moments with its superior camera capabilities and cutting-edge imaging technology. The flagship-level 64MP OIS ultra-sensing camera on the back minimizes blurry shots and supports a longer exposure time, creating clearer and brighter images and videos even in dim lighting conditions. With an eye-catching design, the Color Changing Fluorite AG Glass[7] covering the rear panel changes its hue when exposed to UV light, reflecting the dynamic personalities of users. Below its beautiful appearance lies a powerful processor with high energy-efficiency ratio and great capacity. Coupled with the newest cooling technology and fast charging capabilities, it offers a long-lasting and smooth mobile experience in various scenarios.
 
“vivo V series has always been about being innovative and technologically advanced, while exuding style and encouraging users to create, have fun, and explore. The new V25 and V25 Pro continue to embody this concept and provide users with fresh tools and features,” said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at vivo, “vivo understands that users want a smartphone that is aesthetically pleasing and has excellent functional attributes. With the carefully designed new devices, users can capture the best moments in life with their family and friends anywhere, any time with intuitive camera technologies, while expressing their creativity and emotions through the unique color-changing design.”
 
Light up portraits in the night with intuitive imaging technology
 
Equipped with a 64MP OIS ultra-sensing rear camera that boasts upgraded OIS and EIS capabilities and an 8MP wide-angle camera, V25 and V25 Pro deliver an excellent imaging experience and allow users to capture high-quality, super-wide shots with ease.
 
V25 Pro is setting new standards in night photography with the upgraded Super Night Mode feature, which accurately restores the colors and brightness of highly saturated images at night. Coupled with the new Real-Time Extreme Night Vision feature, users can manually adjust the exposure intensity when they preview an image, further improving the brightness, noise control and details of photos in real-time even in low-light environments. This gives users the freedom to play with the rear camera portrait features at night.
 
Easy and fun video filming experience with style
 
V25 Pro creates more possibilities for users to easily film and record fun and playful moments with families, friends, or pets at night. The Super Night Video feature is excellent at brightening and noise reduction in dark environments, enabling users to shoot brighter and clearer videos at night. The front cameras of V25 and V25 Pro both have the Natural Portrait video mode, which enhances the overall skin texture and clarity. Furthermore, the Hybrid Image Stabilization (OIS+EIS) feature makes video shooting clearer and more stable[8].
 
V25 and V25 Pro also come with a new Vlog Movie feature that improves the filming experience with video templates and tutorials to guide users on how to shoot in different scenarios, such as night, food, city and more, as well as an upgraded Multi-Style Portrait feature in the front camera that provides fun filters, enhancing the video experience. The Multi-Style Portrait feature also allows users to unleash their creativity with the Motion Blur effect, a new style which innovatively separates people from the background for a better portrait creation experience.
 
Clear selfies powered by auto-focus capability and leading AI algorithms
 
Clarity is a key consideration and an ever-growing demand of users when it comes to taking great selfies and videos. Therefore, V25 and V25 Pro have 50MP and 32MP HD front cameras respectively with autofocus and eye focus capabilities, enabling users to take clear images and videos any time of the day or night. In addition, the front cameras are equipped with AI HD Algorithm that optimizes sharpness. Moreover, V25 Pro’s industry-leading AI Skin Retouching Algorithm provides users with the airbrushed look when needed.
 
Spark creativity and fun through innovative color-changing design
 
V25 has a thin 2.5D body that is 7.79mm, while the slim body of V25 Pro is 8.62mm[9] and features an elegant 3D Curved Screen with a punch hole centered at the top of the front camera[10] . The lightweight and slim body makes both devices a comfortable fit in the hands of users. To ensure the phones stand out, vivo incorporated vivid colors into its newest models. V25 Pro comes in Surfing Blue and Starlight Black, while V25 is decked out in Sunrise Gold and Diamond Black.
 
In addition, vivo designed the smartphones to spark creativity and fun in users with the revolutionary Color Changing Fluorite AG Glass, which enables the rear panel of the devices to display different colors at different angles when exposed to UV light. The Surfing Blue edition of V25 Pro changes from light sky blue to deep ocean blue; the Sunrise Gold edition of V25 shifts from gold to reddish orange.
 
Powered by energy-efficient and high-performance chipsets
 
The new V25 series delivers robust performance and high-power efficiency to support various daily uses of its users. V25 Pro is equipped with a quasi-flagship octa-core CPU, MediaTek Dimensity 1300, with 12GB RAM + 8GB extended RAM[11], which powers exceptional 5G capabilities[12] and provides greater AI imaging capacity to effortlessly produce stunning 4K videos and ensure a smooth gaming experience. Its performance and user experience are improved thanks to the new, industry-leading Bionic Cooling System. In addition, featuring a 66W FlashCharge capability and a 4830mAh large battery, it can power up the large-capacity and high-density battery cell from 0% to 71% in 30 minutes[13].
 
V25 features a MediaTek Dimensity 900 processor with a high energy-efficiency ratio and 8GB RAM + 8GB extended RAM, enabling users to seamlessly play demanding games and multitask across various apps. V25 supports 44W FlashCharge that can recharge the 4500mAh battery cell from 0% to 61% in 30 minutes[14]
 
Pricing and availability
 
V25 Pro and V25 will be officially available in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 29 September 2022. The pre-order period starts from 25 to 28 September.
 
Selling price for V25 Pro is SAR 2299 and for V25 is SAR 1599.
 
 
 
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Majid Al Futtaim and Dreamscape launch immersive virtual reality destination in Saudi Arabia

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and Dreamscape, the immersive virtual reality entertainment company, inaugurated the first Dreamscape experience in Saudi Arabia at Riyadh Park Mall as part of their regional partnership. The opening comes three years after Dreamscape debuted in the Middle East at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.
The official opening ceremony was attended by dignitaries including Prince Bandar bin Khalid F. Al Saud, President of Unified Real Estate Development, senior management from Majid Al Futtaim including Alain Bejjani, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Holding, Ignace Lahoud, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas and Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Head, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment, Cinemas & Lifestyle, Joe Abi Akl, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding and Aaron Grosky, President and COO of Dreamscape.

Combining the emotional power of Hollywood storytelling with the visceral excitement of great theme park rides, Dreamscape’s revolutionary, full-body tracking technology powers heart-pumping, dynamic adventures that offer a deep level of immersion. Pushing the limits of virtual reality, guests young and old (ages 10 and over) are invited to experience the magic of full sensory storytelling in realistic and interactive virtual worlds. Founded in 2017, the immersive VR destination is backed by some of Hollywood’s most successful studios and talent, including 21st Century Fox, WarnerMedia, Viacom, Steven Spielberg, and Hans Zimmer. 

“Entertainment is fast becoming a pillar in the Kingdom’s economy, and Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas remains committed to investing in the prosperous future of Saudi Arabia. We are a leading supporter of Vision 2030’s Quality of Life Program and are determined to deliver innovative entertainment experiences for residents and visitors alike, as well as supporting local job creation,” said Ignace Lahoud, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment & Cinemas. He continued, “We are extremely excited to join forces once again with Dreamscape given our shared goal to take entertainment to new heights with game-changing concepts. Combining powerful storytelling with cutting-edge technology, Dreamscape enables guests to step into futuristic adventures, which blur the boundaries between reality and imagination.” 


“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Majid Al Futtaim as it expands our next generation immersive experiences across the region,” said Aaron Grosky, President and COO of Dreamscape. “Dreamscape was founded to be a place where people make lifelong memories by exploring fantastical worlds with their friends and family. We believe in pushing creative boundaries, and Dreamscape VR combines premium technology with awe-inspiring, breathtaking content to fully engage our audiences in the experience like never before.”

Dreamscape Saudi Arabia is integrated with Majid Al Futtaim’s entertainment concepts VOX Cinemas, Yalla! Bowling and Magic Planet, and complemented by F&B options, making it the ultimate family-friendly destination. It houses four free-roaming and free-flying virtual reality experiences, which transport guests to a whole new world. Guests are invited to soar to new heights and perform a daring rescue mission in DreamWorks Dragons: Flight Academy; journey to a wildlife refuge of intergalactic creatures in Alien Zoo; leap into a daring adventure to find a cursed treasure in Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure; or suit up as agents and save the universe from the extraterrestrial world in MIB: First Assignment. 

Dreamscape currently has locations in Dubai, Riyadh, Geneva, Los Angeles, Dallas, Ohio and New Jersey. The new location marks the continued growth of Dreamscape’s business and 
Majid Al Futtaim’s expansion across the Middle East. 

Dreamscape in Saudi Arabia is located on the 1st floor of Riyadh Park Mall next to VOX Cinemas. For more information or to make a booking, visit dreamscapemena.com.
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Malaysian Educational “Info Day” organized by TJS Studysteps & Dew Events

A two-day “Info Day” organized by TJS Studysteps & Dew Events in Riyadh, Jeddah and Khobar with the support of Education Malaysia to offer aspiring students an opportunity to study in Malaysia. Counselors from reputed universities of Malaysia participated in the event and offer lecture sessions. Students will also get career guidance from these educational experts during the program.Students from various schools met representatives of globally ranked top universities from Malaysia and they assisted the students, and their parents develop a thorough understanding of Malaysian higher education programs Participating universities specialize in a wide array of courses ranging from Medicine, Computing, IT, Arts, Design, and Engineering to Business and Management. The courses are available from undergraduate to postgraduate levels. One-on-one sessions with learned counselors helped students pinpoint their desired area of study and make wise choices.Globally Ranked Participating Universities• Taylor’s University• SEGi University• Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)• Sunway University• Management & Science University• USCI University• University of Southampton Malaysia Branch• University of CyberjayaThe Malaysian Consulate in Jeddah and Malaysian Embassy representatives in Riyadh inaugurated the events in their respective regions and encouraged the organizers to continue the activities and seek support from the Malaysian Government when required.The organizers (Mr. Abrar Sheikh, Mr. Mohammad Naffay and Mr. Sami) played an integral role in organizing the activity across the region. In addition to it, the activity was supported by various industry professionals including Mr. Adnan Khan, Mr. Waqar Wamiq, Mr. Adnan Abdulwaheed, Mr. Shiraz Alam, Mrs. Javeria Asad and Mr. Hammad Anwar.The main goal is to provide Free Counselling to students in KSA and support them for their higher education in Malaysia.
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2022 EUROMONEY SAUDI ARABIA CONFERENCE BRINGS GLOBAL MARKET LEADERS TOGETHER UNDER THE THEME “THE INSTITUTIONALISATION OF INVESTMENT AND FINANCE”

The 2022 Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference is set to take place on Wednesday 7 September in Riyadh that focuses on “The Institutionalisation of Investment and Finance”, held under the patronage of H.E. Mr Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and in the presence of a group of senior industry leaders and experts in the financial sector at a local and international level.

Set to be the first in-person Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference held since 2019, the event has been launched as a timely platform — in light of the Kingdom’s growth as a burgeoning investment hub — to explore the latest trends in regional and global financial markets. The conference will provide local, as well as international, leaders and experts an opportunity to network and map out the Kingdom’s road to recovery in the wake of COVID-19.   

Focused on “The Institutionalisation of Investment and Finance”, the event will bring Saudi and international industry experts, thought leaders, and policy makers together to discuss six main topics. These include: “Saudi Arabia’s economy in the context of the global macro-outlook”, “ESG and climate change”, “Does ESG matter in Saudi?”, “The institutionalisation of the real estate market – housing, logistics, tourism, hospitality and revitalisation of REITS”, “The digitalisation of financial services”, and “The development of venture capital in the Kingdom”.

On this occasion, Victoria Behn, Commercial Director at Euromoney Conferences said: “The title of this conference is ‘The Institutionalisation of Investment and Finance’ and at Euromoney we have always been strong believers that Saudi Arabia can and should play a leading role in the international capital and investment markets. We are honored to be back in Riyadh at this pivotal time to discuss Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plans to develop a truly new economic paradigm for the region.”

Over the course of the day, a range of keynote interviews will also be conducted, including sit-downs with H.E. Mr Majed bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, Minister of Municipality, Rural Affairs and Housing, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Renée McGowan, President, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), Mercer; H.E. Mr Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, Chairman, Capital Market Authority (CMA) and Justin Urquhart-Stewart, Co-Founder, Ambassador and Adviser, Seven Investment Management.

The Lead Sponsors of the conference are: Citi, Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development, Gulf International Bank, Riyad Bank, Saudi Tadawul Group, Standard Chartered and The Financial Academy. Capital Market Authority is the Supporting Body. Colliers will serve as a Lead Sponsor & Real Estate Advisory. 

The conference’s Co-Sponsors are Alkhair Capital, BLOMInvest, HSBC, KAMCO Invest, Mercer and Saudi Real Estate Company. Knight Frank has been announced as the event’s knowledge partner, Derayah Financial is an associate sponsor and Argaam as its digital sponsor. Sidra Capital will serve as an exhibitor and BCA Research as a Research Partner

For more information, to view the agenda, and to apply for your place, please visit the Euromoney Conferences website

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IDC to Host 12th Edition of Saudi Arabia CIO Summit in Riyadh as the Kingdom Continues to Embrace the Digital Transformation Goals of Vision 2030

After a gap of two years, the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit returns to an in-person format on September 19-20 in Riyadh as the Kingdom continues its rapid transformation towards a digital economy in alignment with the goals of Vision 2030.

Hosted under the theme ‘Accelerating the Journey to a Digital-First World’, the highly anticipated 12th annual IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit will combine a series of presentations, panel discussions, real-life use cases, and individual technology tracks. Delegates will be able to explore a broad range of themes central to their ongoing digital journeys and take an exclusive look at the very latest developments in technological innovation.

“As Saudi organizations tap into the value-creation opportunities being driven by digital transformation (DX), they are increasingly embracing a digital-first approach to building resilience into their business operations,” says Hamza Naqshbandi, IDC’s associate vice president for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. “Spurred by significant investments in the creation of new customer experiences, digital ecosystem-based business models, digital supply chains, and evolving ‘Future of Work’ models, the Kingdom is poised to become a global digital powerhouse. These themes will shape discussions at this year’s IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit— a trusted platform that connects leading ICT executives to help unleash new opportunities and solve some of the most pressing challenges that organizations are facing in their quest to enable a digital economy in Saudi Arabia.”

The event will feature insights from IDC’s CIO Advisory Council for Saudi Arabia, whose members include some of the Kingdom’s most respected ICT leaders and experts:
 
Eng. Naif Sheshah, Assistant Deputy Governor, Planning and Development, and Chief Digital Officer, Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC)
Eng. Faisal Bakhashwain, Deputy Minister for Digital Transformation, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development
Yazeed Al Otaibi, Assistant Deputy Minister for Planning and Digital Transformation, Ministry of Health
General Sundah Alsehali, General Director of Information Technology, Ministry of Defense
Eng. Haithem Al Faraj, Group Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Telecom Company (STC)
Abdulaziz Abanmi, Chief Operating Officer, Saudi Payments
Yousef A. Alsuhaibani, Chief Information Officer, Mobily
Eng. Ghada Albugami, Chief Information Officer and Presidential Advisor for Digital Transformation, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
Jason E. Roos, Chief Information Officer, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Ayman Alharbi, Senior Director of IT, The Red Sea Development Company and Amaala
Bander Al-Shahrani, Head of IT, Public Investment Fund (PIF)

The annual IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit is the place to come for thought-provoking, in-depth discussions about cutting-edge tech solutions, emerging use cases, and proven strategies for driving success. This year’s installment will conclude on September 20 with the IDC Excellence Awards 2022, which will recognize the efforts of Saudi Arabia’s leading technology executives across three categories: CIO of the Year, CISO of the Year, and Women in Technology and Business.

IDC is honored to have a wide range of partners on board for the IDC Saudi Arabia CIO Summit 2022, including IBM as Host Partner; SITE as Game Changer Partner; Unifonic as Innovation Partner; Tech Mahindra as DX Partner; Red Hat as Smart ICT Partner; Cisco as Strategic Partner; AWS, Cloud4C, Google Cloud, Riverbed / Starlink, UiPath, Software AG, CEQUENS, and Microsoft as Summit Partners; Micro Focus, SS&C Blue Prism, Fortinet, VMware, Mendix, SBM, and AMD as Platinum Partners; Kofax, Udacity, Nexthink, Crayon, Cloudera, Snowflake, Nahil Computers / HPE, and Symphony Summit as Technology Focus Group Partners
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