RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - April 01, 2020: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), has launched a "National Referral Mechanism," which outlines best practices for handling cases of trafficking in persons, specifying the coordination of roles and responsibilities of the mandated authorities in the Kingdom. The Mechanism is a collaborative framework that helps government officials to coordinate their efforts to better prevent trafficking in persons, protect victims or potential victims of human trafficking in the Kingdom, and investigate and prosecute suspected perpetrators.
The NCCHT, in collaboration with the UNODC and IOM, has ......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 Sultanate of Oman. The Symposium presents a literal world stage exposing a global array of artists showcasing their sculptures diversely and harmoniously ......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 allows for a stay of up to 3 months per entry, with visitors able to spend 90 days a year in Saudi Arabia. The visa is valid for one year, with multiple ......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 future infrastructure needs of large scale developments throughout the Middle East and further cements our position as a leading international ......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 chef Dima Hamati, who was born in England to Lebanese parents, developed her skills at the French Culinary Institute of New York before undertaking ......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 Central Asia’s prime tourism destinations. The second largest saline lake in the world after the Caspian Sea, Lake Issykul attracts millions ......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 decision to name Riyadh the Arab Digital Capital follows the city’s prominent role in adopting and promoting the use of digital technologies to ......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 Awadi, Director General of SCCI, and Ibrahim Rashid Al Jarwan, Director of Economic Relations and Marketing at the SCCI.
On the ......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 outlined steps towards creating a more dynamic market for startups between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Hub71 was also ......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 cooperate closely and strengthen their collaboration.
Saeb Eigner, Chairman of the DFSA, said: “We are very pleased to be the first ......read more
8 October 2019: A delegation from the Ministry of Housing in the KSA; headed by HE Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Minister of Housing; visited Dubai Land Department (DLD) and were welcomed by HE Juma bin Humaidan, Deputy Director General of DLD.
Bin Humaidan said: “We were pleased to welcomed our brothers from the KSA. The meeting we held with them aimed to exchange our shared opinions that focused on developing the prospects of cooperation between the two countries. It was also an opportunity to highlight our achievements and the important role played by DLD in developing the sector and promoting Dubai as one of the best investment destinations in the world as well as enhancing DLD’s services and expertise to contribute to Saudi Vision 2030.”
During the visit, the Minister and his accompanying delegation were ......read more
September 24, 2019: This Ramadan, The Body Shop collaborated with Dubai Cares to raise funds via its outlets, which will be used by Dubai Cares to support children and youth’s education through the refurbishment and construction of education facilities in developing countries. Dubai Cares is playing a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 goal which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030.
The Body Shop has always believed that business can be used as a “Force for good” and thanks to Dubai Cares and every individual who supported this cause with their big-hearted contribution, the company has been able to bring hope to underserved children and youth.
Quote From The Body Shop:
The Body Shop globally operates with a clearly ......read more
● VFS Global launches centre in Jeddah city on 29 July 2019 for the convenience of Nigerians residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
● Another centre scheduled to open in the capital city of Riyadh in the near future
Jeddah, 1 August 2019: As part of the endeavour to support the initiative by the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) to enrol Nigerian adults and children into the National Identity Database (NIDB), VFS Global announced the launch of its first National Identification Number enrolment centre in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The newly launched centre will offer enrollment services for Nigerians residing in the Kingdom with the issuance of their National Identification Number (NIN). Following the successful launch of the centre in Dubai, Johannesburg and ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 28, July 2019: An introductory forum was held at the Fairmont Hotel in Riyadh on Thursday under the patronage of the President of GACA, HE Mr. Abdulhadi Al- Mansouri, with the presence of local and foreign companies and investors. The logistics investments and opportunities in Saudi Arabia was reviewed to show how promising this sector is, as it enables the partnership with the government sector and creates an appealing modern work environment by facilitating all the procedures, calling all the interested parties to optimize the wide Saudi logistics network and the massive cargo traffic.
HE Al- Mansouri ensured the efforts of the Logistics Hub Executive Committee to overcome all the obstacles in the logistics sector, to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030. The Saudi leadership supports ......read more
• On average, Millennials in Saudi Arabia are more satisfied with their life today compared to their global peers
• Saudi youth are more ambitious about career and entrepreneurship opportunities relative to the global average
• Survey results show that 94 percent of Saudi Millennials would consider joining the gig economy
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 22 May 2019: Deloitte, a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services, announced today the launch of its 2019 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey. The eighth annual study found that, despite global economic growth, expansion and opportunity, younger generations are wary about the world and their place in it. But they remain hopeful and have strong values as both ......read more
KSA, Riyadh - 23 April 2019: The ongoing mega-project announcements and improvements to government regulations are expected to boost demand for, and enhance the long term performance of Riyadh’s real estate sector, highlights JLL’s Q1 market overview. Reforms focused on increasing transparency, enhancing the logistics sector and improving the overall quality of living for Riyadh’s citizens are expected to accelerate the implementation of Vision 2030.
Earlier in the year, the government announced a project of SAR 86 billion (USD 23 billion) to revamp public spaces in Riyadh, aiming to improve the quality of life for the city’s residents. The King Salman Park will promote urban development with green spaces and will include recreational areas for the benefit of the communities and citizens in Riyadh. Along ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2019: The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), and the Internet Society held their first regional workshop on enabling the digital infrastructure in the Middle East region. The workshop was attended by delegates from KSA, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and the Internet Society.
The Arab governments have all either embraced or started implementing their digital transformation strategies. The Internet infrastructure has become the basic infrastructure for the entire digital transformation. Global research shows that the enabling factors are infrastructure, digital skills and entrepreneurship, and good governance.
The workshop aimed to identify the specific challenges and opportunities of the region. Moreover, the workshop also shed light ......read more
The First Saudi Global Forum in Washington D.C. USA highlights the significance of female participation in all aspects of Saudi society
Over the last two years, Saudi Arabia has been going through a groundbreaking period of transformation that is focused on diversifying its oil-dependent economy, and that has improved the rights and mobility of the Kingdom’s women. To mark this milestone phase in the country’s history, lifestyle portal AboutHer has created
The AboutHer Global Forum (AGF), a platform dedicated to honoring and celebrating trailblazing Saudi women at the forefront of the country’s advancement and progress. The first edition of AGF will be held on April 16, 2019, at the George Washington University (Washington D.C., USA).
AGF is an annual forum that aims with each edition to highlight the ......read more
We expect the Saudi government's expansionary budget will help boost economic growth.
We forecast wider fiscal deficits, but expect Saudi Arabia will retain strong government and external balance sheets.
We are affirming our 'A-/A-2' long- and short-term sovereign ratings on Saudi Arabia.
The outlook remains stable.
Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2019: On March 29, 2019, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'A-/A-2' unsolicited longand short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Saudi Arabia. The outlook is stable.
The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Saudi Arabia will maintain a pace of moderate economic growth and retain strong government and external balance sheets over the next two years, despite wider fiscal deficits.
We could raise the ratings ......read more
Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centres have started accepting visa application submissions to Belgium from residents and citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Al Khobar by H.E. Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia, March 12, 2019: Citizens and expatriate residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can apply for Schengen visas to Belgium at the new Visa Application Centres jointly launched by the Embassy of Belgium in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and VFS Global, the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.
In an expansion drive to meet the growing travel demand to Belgium from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, VFS Global announced the launch ......read more
13 February 2019 - SAUDI ARABIA
The Ministry of Labour and Social Development announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of a monthly fee they must pay for each foreign employee under their sponsorship.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of a monthly fee they must pay for each foreign employee under their sponsorship.
According to the MLSD’s announcement, employers with a Nitaqat rating of low green, medium green, high green and platinum for the past 52 weeks will be eligible for the fee refund or will be exempt from the payment, depending whether they have already settled their dues or not. ......read more
Greek Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Riyadh by H.E. Mr. Ioannis Taghis, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
New centres opened in light of growing numbers of visa applications to Greece
February 11, 2019
Greece in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide, announced the opening of two Visa Application Centres in cities of Riyadh and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Greece also opened it’s very first visa application centre in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman.
The centres started accepting visa applications for Greece from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman from January 2019. With the launch of these new centres ......read more
Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global collaborate to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service for eligible travellers from 21 countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia*)
eVOA holders save time and get a faster immigration service at dedicated Immigration counters at major airports in Thailand
Travellers receive their travel authorisation online pre-departure within 24 to 72 hours of application being submitted
A new ‘Express eVisa On Arrival’ service is also available for approval within 24 hours
Applications to be submitted on https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/ or at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe
January 30, 2019: In line with the Government of Thailand’s initiative to promote tourism, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has partnered with VFS Global ......read more
Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal Bin Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Saudi Arabia, January 28, 2019 – 16th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals Exhibition opened at the Jeddah Center for forums and events, in the presence of his Highness Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Jalwi, advisor to the Governor of Makkah region, undersecretary of Jeddah Province. The exhibition, in conjunction with the Saudi Print & Pack exhibition 2019 and organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd., will continue until 30 January 2019, presenting an ideal platform for engineers, industrialists and businessmen to identify the latest products, technologies and services within the petrochemical, plastics, printing and packaging sectors.
The exhibition is a real opportunity for exhibitors from around the world to ......read more
22 January 2019; Dubai, UAE:
The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the issuance of long-term residence permits for investors, outstanding students, foreign nationals with exceptional talents, and similarly-situated foreign nationals, as determined by the UAE government, will begin on 3 February 2019.
Categories of applicants
A five-year residence permit will be available to the following categories of foreign nationals:
• Investors in the UAE real estate market;
• Entrepreneurs and up to three executives working for the qualifying entrepreneur;
• Exceptional students; and
• Spouses and children of the above ......read more
UAE, March 2, 2015 – Under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahed, Minister of Environment and Water, opened today (Monday, March 2, 2015) the ‘Gulf Forum to Enhance Food Security and Support Small and Medium Scale Farmers’ at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu ......read more
The Tunisian office of law firm Eversheds, Eversheds El Heni, is pleased to announce that Emna Louati has become a Partner of the firm effective January 2015.
5 February 2015: A licensed attorney at the Tunisian Bar, Emna Louati joined Eversheds El Heni as Of Counsel in 2014. Prior to joining Eversheds El Heni, Emna was Partner at the law firm Ben Ahmed & Associates in Tunis and spent ......read more
• 76 contestants from 8 sectors to compete in final stage
• Huge response from UAE university students with 96 entries; 5 qualify to final stage
Dubai, February 2, 2015: As many as 76 contestants have qualified to the final round of the second Best m-Government Service Award, out of 411 entries received from local, Arab and international participants as well as ......read more
Five banks including National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Al Ahli Bank and National Bank of Oman are among the regional companies that address children’s rights issues
Report issued ahead of the inaugural Global Child Forum in Dubai on 13 November
Dubai, UAE. 11 November, 2014: Financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa score best on children’s rights issues, ......read more
Donation to Cover Cost of Building and Equipping one Villa within Humanitarian Project
Dubai-UAE: 26 October, 2014 – Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has received an AED3 million donation from the Saudi Binladen Group to cover the cost of constructing and equipping a complete villa in its Family Village project. The project is the first waqf village in Dubai and one of ......read more
Strategic partnerships between government agencies and private entities to support one of the largest SMEs accelerators in the Middle East
22 September, 2014, Al Madinah Al Munawara, KSA: HRH Prince Faisal Bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, launched Namaa Al Munawara, a non-profit organisation that serves as the implementation arm of Al Munawara Endowment, known as Waqf Al Munawara, developed to ......read more
•POY winners also join initiative with supply of essential goods to unprivileged
•Part of POY’s CSR strategy to reach out to the needy sections of society
Riyadh/ Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, July 2014: The prestigious Product of the Year [POY] brand recognition umbrella, renowned across 42 countries worldwide for supporting excellence in product innovation and for giving ......read more
AXA Gulf & AXA Cooperative in KSA 4th annual “Corporate Responsibility Week”: protecting people by raising funds for risk education worldwide
Since 2011, Corporate Responsibility Week (“CR Week”) has become an international reference in terms of employee engagement. Every year, AXA Group, Gulf & Cooperative in KSA involves more and more staff in its ......read more
Leading Event on Finding Solutions to Modern Woman’s Challenges and Featuring Inspiring Success Stories
27th May, Dubai, UAE–BOLDtalks Woman is dedicated to driving solutions that advance women and girls. An intimate and impactful gathering centered on storytelling and live journalism, this event brings together inspiring women from all over the world. From CEOs and world leaders ......read more
• Al Mansouri: Exhibitions sector in GCC and the UAE supports sustainable development
• Al Shehhi: Sector represents ideal platform to display and competitiveness of GCC-made products
Dubai-UAE: 13 March 2014 - His Excellency Eng. Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Economy, today officially launched the website for the 15th GCC Joint ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE - November 27, 2013: LeasePlan Emirates, a joint venture between Mubadala and LeasePlan Corporation (51% Mubadala, 49% LeasePlan Corporation), the world's leading vehicle leasing and fleet management company, recently announced partnership with first Filipino global runner Cesar Guarin on his quest to cross UAE's seven emirates by running everyday for three weeks between ......read more
--Launched as part of the Foundation's Personal financial management program and in collaboration with US-Based financial literacy nonprofit Operation HOPE—
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 October 2013 – Emirates Foundation, in collaboration with Operation HOPE, the US-based organization focused on financial literacy and empowerment, announced today the launch of its latest project, ......read more
As part of its social responsibility plan
Riyadh, September 03, 2013 – Arabian Oud, the largest specialized perfume retailer in the world and the Middle East region's foremost luxury fragrance house, extended its heartfelt congratulations, as the Gold Sponsor of the event, to 500 youths as they tied their knots in the fifth mass wedding held on 19th of Shawwal 1434 H at King Saud ......read more
Fadi Yazigi among the highly renowned artists in the online auction, with 17 artworks remaining
UAE, Sharjah, 27th August 2013: As the countdown to the end of Tawasul's online art auction gathers pace, the charity has appealed for more art lovers and philanthropists to get involved and boost its quest to benefit as many orphans as possible. The auction has so far raised about AED 630,000, ......read more
Bidding intensifies for 17 masterpieces still up for grabs, as art enthusiasts and philanthropists bid to transform children's lives
UAE, Sharjah, 13th August 2013: With about a month left until the end of the Tawasul Online Charity Auction, the bidding has so far exceeded all expectations and proceeds have soared beyond the half a million dirham mark. So far US$171,597.99 (AED631,601.70) ......read more
LG Electronics gives a special thanks to the Saudi customers for making and supporting LG washing machine no 1 across the kingdom for last 10 years by organizing a campaign to support the orphans.
LG washing machines have gained a reputation as the most innovative appliances in the market today so LG Electronics has organized this campaign to support the
Saudi customers as well as to ......read more
Celebrated Human Rights Campaigner to launch DDB ‘A Breakfast With…' series
Dubai, April 23 2013: The celebrated Irish singer, songwriter, author and human rights activist, Bob Geldof KBE will join a select group of regional business executives in Dubai next month to explore links between creativity and humanity.
The Nobel Peace Prize nominee will headline the inaugural ......read more
Alwaleed Foundation Pledges $30 Million to Global Polio Eradication Initiative
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global (Registered in Lebanon), chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) in a unique partnership with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, co-chaired by Mr. Bill ......read more