SRMG launches Reesh Festival of Creativity

Updated 21 May 2013
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SRMG launches Reesh Festival of Creativity

Chairman of Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) Prince Turki bin Salman announced Tuesday that the Reesh Festival of Creativity in Saudi Arabia will be held in Riyadh in September this year.
The announcement was made at the launch of the Reesh Festival at the Four Seasons Hotel here. The festival in Riyadh was launched by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group in cooperation with the The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity based in France.
SRMG is one of the integrated leading publishing groups in the Middle East. It also enjoys an outstanding position in the aspects of publishing, media,advertising, distribution and printing and has a wide presence and audience in the Kingdom. The group's main activities are centered throughout the Kingdom and it has publishing, printing and distribution centers in seven countries.
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the world's largest celebration of creativity in communications. There are around 11,000 members of the global creative communications industries gather to be inspired and educated. As the most prestigious international creative communications awards, more than 34,000 entries from all over the world are displayed and judged at the Festival, held from June 16 to 22 in Cannes, France, every year. The winners receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, presented at four award ceremonies throughout the week.
Reesh Festival of Creativity in Saudi Arabia, will be part of Cannes Lions Festival, and will include exhibition, competition, workshops and screenings by industry leaders.
SRMG Managing Director Azzam Al-Dakhil, Sultan Al-Sudairy, chief executive officer of SRMG's Numu Ventures, Cannes Lions Festival Chief Executive Officer Phillip Thomas and Reesh Creative Festival CEO Sultan Al-Fakeer were also present at the launching ceremony.
Al-Fakeer said it is going to be an annual must-attend event for the advertising and communications industry to learn, get inspired, network and celebrate. “It will be a place where clients, agencies, marketeers and students gather and have the opportunity of the year in learning and networking.”
The festival will bring together superb line-up of international speakers to address the region's creative community, he added.
He said that the purpose of the festival is to generate creativity among the people. “We would focus on education, inspiration and creation of opportunities for people, who like to join the industry. University and college graduates, who are interested in advertising and graphic designs will be given opportunities to participate in the new ventures. “It will be a place where creative work is presented to establish new opportunities with leading business clients. It is a great chance to discover future job opportunities. It is a great chance to network with different clients and gain feedback from experts.”
Sultan Al-Sudairy thanked all those partnering with SRMG to make this innovative venture a success. The festival, he said is expected to attract a large clientele of youths, who are interested in advertising and graphic designing.
Phillip Thomas said that he is happy to associate with the Kingdom in organizing the festival. He said talents of young Saudis could be well harnessed through creativity programs.


Saudi Arabia to release 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners

Ethiopian immigrants returning from Saudi Arabia arrive at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport in this December 10, 2013 photo. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented Ethiopians were sent home in 2013 but they have apparently been replaced by new arrivals in the succeeding years. (AFP file photo)
Updated 20 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia to release 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners

  • Hundreds of thousands of undocumented Ethiopian migrants were repatriated from Saudi Arabia in 2013.
  • Officials in Riyadh are in the process of deporting more than 500,000 Ethiopian migrants this year.

ADDIS ABABA: Saudi Arabia has agreed to release 1,000 Ethiopian nationals who have been in prison in the Gulf state for a variety of offenses, Ethiopian state-affiliated media said on Saturday.

The decision was made following a request by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was in Riyadh on an official visit this week, Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The agency said among the detainees were 100 women. It did not disclose what the charges were. Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian nationals live in the Gulf region, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

Officials in Riyadh are in the process of deporting more than 500,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants.

So far, 160,000 have arrived back in the Horn of Africa country.

During his recent visit to Riyadh, Ahmed met with leaders of Ethiopian community and discussed setting up a strong partnership between the government and the community to address challenges they are facing.

The trip is his first outside Africa after three visits to neighbouring countries. The East African nation secured thousands of exit visas for its nationals and flew them back home.

Established diplomatic relations in 1948, Saudi Arabia is among the first Arab countries to open embassy in Addis Ababa.