The Smart Investor takes part in 20 activities in Global Money Week 2014

Updated 20 May 2014
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The Smart Investor takes part in 20 activities in Global Money Week 2014

The Capital Market Authority’s (CMA’s) financial literacy program for children — The Smart Investor — participated in the Global Money Week 2014 activities held between March 10 and 17. The CMA’s participation was in collaboration with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), the program’s official sponsor.
The event is organized by Child and Youth Finance International on the second week of March each year and aims at empowering the next generation to be confident, responsible and skilled economic citizens. The event is held in over 80 countries worldwide with participating organizations and communities.
During the week, The Smart Investor participated for five days in the Riyadh International Book Fair. Cartoon characters from The Smart Investor toured the book fair floor and educated children and parents visiting the magazine’s stand at the book fair. The book fair also marked the distribution of the new English edition of The Smart Investor magazine.
Over 4,650 visitors thronged the magazine’s stand at the book fair, the majority of which were children and their accompanying parents.
The Smart Investor also visited two international schools in Riyadh where lectures and plays were presented in English language for the first time. Organizers of the program also visited 20 schools in Riyadh and Qunfudah Province.
Also during the week, organizers of The Smart Investor financial program held two courses for 31 female college students at King Saud University to prepare them to become The Smart Investor ambassadors. These students later independently conduct The Smart Investor lectures and courses to a wider segment of youth and children.
In addition, CMA received 18 students from The Hope Institute for the Deaf at the CMA central building in Riyadh. Organizers of The Smart Investor presented the financial lecture with seven steps in sign language to the students.
The Smart Investor also organized a visit by 15 students from Dar Alqalm School to a local bank. Students were briefed with the various functions of the bank and went over the process of opening an account as well as their eligibility for benefits and obligations. Additionally, Global Money Week 2014 witnessed the launching of the second episode of The Smart Investor cartoon, which introduces currency notes and explains the differences between each type.
Throughout the Global Money Week 2014, CMA launched a digital campaign with a leading financial and economic information portal in Saudi Arabia and the region. The campaign aimed at promoting CMA’s activities in Global Money Week and grabs the public attention to this international event and to spread it out widely.


Real estate landscape to be explored

Updated 17 February 2019
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Real estate landscape to be explored

Informa Middle East, organizer of the Cityscape portfolio of events, will roll out a trio of back-to-back events across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE between March 24 and April 18.

With the specific market dynamics of each destination being explored through dedicated country events, the 2019 Cityscape series springs into action with Cityscape Egypt at the Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in Cairo. A two-day conference kick-starts the Egypt schedule on March 24 and 25, before the exhibition takes centerstage from March 27 to 30. 

Cityscape then moves to the Center for Forums and Events in Jeddah, which includes an exhibition from April 5 to 7, before a one-day workshop on April 7. Finally, a return to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) includes a three-day exhibition from April 16 to 18 with an influential agenda on the lineup at the conference set for April 16.

“It’s a packed three-week schedule with a very distinct market approach and program for each destination,” said Chris Speller, Cityscape group director. “This year more than ever, Cityscape will drill down into the specifics and varied issues affecting each market. While opportunities continue to abound across the region, each market requires very different approaches from consumers, government entities and private developers to realize them. 

“With each market at varying stages of maturity and subject to very different developmental concerns, the conference and exhibition stops in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi enable industry professionals and public investors to engage with people at the sharp end of the business, understand and seize opportunities, and network for future growth,” added Speller.

In Egypt, the conference will focus on “Energizing the Market and Reinstating Confidence” with government authorities, experts, and market influencers scheduled to spell out the country’s strategic vision to achieve real estate market maturity. 

Expecting a turnout of more than 40 exhibitors and over 8,000 visitors, Cityscape Jeddah this year looks to align with the goals of the Kingdom’s real estate market in light of its Saudi Vision 2030 economic diversification plan.

“Vision 2030 reforms are expected to attract major investment into a Saudi real estate sector predicted to double its contribution to the national economy right through this decade,” said Speller. 

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed Saudi Arabia make significant strides in attracting foreign and local investment, implementing various urban regeneration initiatives, and investing in infrastructure.”

This recent progress, when aligned with the various projects being green-lit, will no doubt transform the country into a global investment powerhouse. We believe Cityscape Jeddah will help drive investment in the Saudi sector by enhancing its standing as a crucial meeting point for regional and international leaders who can contribute to making Vision 2030 a reality.”

With a focus on “Achieving Diversification and Energizing the Market,” the Jeddah workshops will feature prominent investment panel discussions which dive into how the country’s tourism and hospitality sector agenda can impact Vision 2030. The Cityscape outings in Cairo and Jeddah will both feature dedicated editions of the Cityscape Awards, which recognize and celebrate excellence in real estate development and architecture. 

The UAE capital’s official real estate event platform, Cityscape Abu Dhabi is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The one-day conference agenda will explore the future of regulatory and technological innovation with a strong focus on the government sector’s growth strategy for the UAE capital.