SBIE 2016 features over 200 exhibitors

Updated 11 April 2016
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SBIE 2016 features over 200 exhibitors

JEDDAH: National and international companies are exhibiting their latest products and services at the 25th Saudi Building & Interiors Exhibition (SBIE), which was opened by Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras on Monday.
The silver jubilee event of the show is being held at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, with the support of Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed.
The mayor said: “This exhibition is an important opportunity to meet the growing demand of products and services in the Kingdom’s construction and real estate sector.”
More than 200 companies are exhibiting at the show, with pavilions from China, Egypt and Turkey, and individual companies notably from Arab world, the rest of Asia and Europe.
The four-day exhibition, which ends on April 14, has been organized by Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE). It has wide ranging exhibits related to the construction industry, notably the latest technology and materials as well as approaches to interior design decor and furniture.
“The key objective of the exhibition is to display the latest in technology in building and decoration, and also create an ideal platform for local buyers, and regional and worldwide suppliers to come together and do business,” Zahoor Siddique, ACE’s VP, said.
“In a fluid and dynamic market, SBIE helps manufacturers and suppliers track potential buyers. Our trade visitors will also be able to establish new businesses and representations, and outsource their project requirements,” he added.


Cost of eating out in Saudi Arabia rises at fastest rate in five years

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Cost of eating out in Saudi Arabia rises at fastest rate in five years

  • August data reveal sharp uptick in prices in hotel and restaurant sector
  • But price increases in other sectors slow leaving overall inflation rate flat

LONDON: The cost of eating out or enjoying a night’s stay at a hotel in Saudi Arabia increased at the fastest rate recorded in five years last month, according to government statistics.
August’s consumer price data show that restaurant and hotel inflation rose to a new high of 8.4 percent year-on-year in August from 7.6 percent year-on-year in July.
Slower price increases in other categories ensured the headline inflation rate for the Kingdom remained relatively flat, with inflation staying at 2.2 percent year-on-year in August, unchanged from the previous month.
Analysts forecast that the Kingdom’s inflation rate will likely pick up again towards the end of the year.
“We still expect it to rise a little over the rest of this year as underlying price pressures pick up,” said Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, on Tuesday in a research note.
Inflation in Saudi Arabia peaked earlier this year at 3 percent following the introduction of the new value-added tax on certain goods and the government-imposed price hikes on the cost of energy at the start of 2018.
Consumer prices are expected to drop again in the new year as the impact of the VAT charge lessens, analysts predict.
“The upshot is that we expect that inflation will fall to around 1 percent year-on-year in January 2019,” said Tuvey in a note.
Food inflation - which represents 20 percent of the basket of goods and services used to calculate the growth rates in consumer prices - edged downwards in August to 6.6 percent year-on-year compared to 6.7 percent in July. 

The cost of food had jumped in July, with vegetables in particular becoming more expensive with inflation hitting 8.1 percent year-on-year compared to a decline of 0.8 percent year-on-year recorded in June.