Entrepreneurial forum for women ‘very encouraging’

Updated 22 February 2013
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Entrepreneurial forum for women ‘very encouraging’

The final day of the women’s conference on social entrepreneurship held at the Sofitel Hotel was marked by enthusiasm as the participants interacted with the speaker’s panels throughout the day, asking questions and presenting their different points of view.
One such talk was delivered by Dr. Kholoud Al-Qahtani from the Ministry of Labor, who touched upon several important areas related to female empowerment and employment.
“The ministry has adopted the Social Dialogue Model from the International Labor Organization (ILO) which brings together the government, employers and workers to discuss issues on the same platform. Our first forum was held in September of last year and encouraged dialogue on labor working hours, where each side shared their recommendations, thus positively contributing to the environment of the private sector. These were then forwarded to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” said Al-Qahtani.
“Conferences such as this are extremely important in encouraging women to work and to think in an entrepreneurial mindset. I am highly impressed by the efforts of the Ebda’a Exchange in organizing it. It has been a very exciting experience,” she said.
The conference also gave visitors the opportunity to approach several information booths set up to raise awareness about social entrepreneurship and the importance of the role women must play in any society that is set to grow forward economically. Set up by the Ministry of Labor, the booth displaying the ‘Taqaat’ initiative targeted both job seekers and employers, both of which were largely present at the conference.
“Taqaat is a placement center initiative by the government that helps the unemployed by bringing them in direct contact with companies that are seeking to employ jobseekers. Additionally, career advisers are also present to give advice and point out strengths and weaknesses of job seekers so as to help them improve,” explained a representative present at the booth.
Be it a sense of pride or a sense of hopefulness that the conference inspired in its participants, “Saudi women are finally realizing how much they can do and how to use the opportunities available to them,” beamed Rania, a young student attending the event.


Vox Cinemas wins second license to operate movie theaters in KSA

Updated 23 April 2018
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Vox Cinemas wins second license to operate movie theaters in KSA

  • Al-Futtaim Group to invest SR2 billion to open 600 screens and provide 3,000 jobs in the next five years
  • Vox Cinemas is the largest cinema operator in the MENA region

JEDDAH: Vox Cinemas, a subsidiary of Majid Al-Futtaim Group, won the second license to operate cinemas in the Kingdom.

The company received the license from the Minister of Culture and Information and Chairman of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media, Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad.

Al-Futtaim Group will invest SR2 billion to open 600 screens and provide 3,000 jobs in the next five years.

This will help achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision when it comes to diversifying the economy and local production.

Vox Cinemas is the largest cinema operator in the MENA region and the leading regional cinema operator in the Kingdom.

Al-Futtaim Group is planning on opening its first movie theater in the Kingdom during the coming days. It will be in Riyadh Park Mall within the largest Magic Planet Family Entertainment Center in the region.

It consists of four screens, including the first IMAX screen for young people's movies and VOX KIDS, which is dedicated to children’s entertainment.