21 nations take part in Riyadh International Book Fair

Updated 06 March 2014

21 nations take part in Riyadh International Book Fair

The Riyadh International Book Fair 2014 was inaugurated by Culture and Information Minister Abdulaziz Khoja under the theme, “Books: An Arch-Bridge Connecting Civilizations,” at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center (RICEC) on Tuesday.
Khoja expressed gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and welcomed Spain as the guest of honor for 2014.
The book fair focused on Saudi-Spanish relations, Arabic manuscripts in Spain and Arabic literary works that were translated into Spanish.
“The book fair aims to facilitate and promote exchange between professionals whose jobs depend on books and reading in congregation,” said Khoja. “The exhibition accommodates more than 900 publishing houses from 21 countries, represented by 400 exhibitors from within the Kingdom and 1,300 foreign exhibitors.”
A large number of senior Saudi officials, intellectuals, publishers, scholars and writers were present to boost nationalization initiatives by the Saudi government. The 11-day book fair will open its doors for visitors on March 5 and for students between March 9 and 13.
The book fair aims to feature hundreds of national and international publishing houses, distributors and retail booksellers from Arab and non-Arab countries.
The book fair serves as a great networking platform for publishers, writers and scholars, as well as academic institutions.
A large number of books on Islam, Arab culture, medicine, law, science, technology and communication, in addition to biographical accounts, fiction and novels are available in the fair in Arabic, Persian, English, French, Turkish, Urdu and Spanish, among other languages.
Saleh Al-Ghamdi, director of the Riyadh International Book Fair, said: “There is a special pavilion for Saudis who wish to display and market their products.”
This event is being held for the second time as a form of encouragement from the Ministry of Culture and Information for young authors, he said.
The Riyadh International Book Fair is the most prominent book fair in the Middle East.

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: https://misk.org.sa/fellowship/services/live-nation/