Jeddah to host hospitality show with Stone and Surface expo

The fifth edition of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will run in tandem with the Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia exhibition at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from April 4-6.
Updated 14 December 2016
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Jeddah to host hospitality show with Stone and Surface expo

Two major events focused on the development of the Saudi hospitality industry will be held together for the first time in Jeddah next year.
The fifth edition of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will run in tandem with the debut Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia exhibition at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from April 4-6.
The exhibition will provide the region’s ultimate showcase of everything needed to build, develop and maintain a hotel or restaurant in the Kingdom at a time of unprecedented hospitality industry growth.
With the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, new hospitality, infrastructure and urban construction projects have been announced this year.
The government-led initiative seeks to double the number of hotel rooms in the Kingdom by 2030 to cater for a surge in tourists. This year, a JLL report prepared ahead of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016 forecast that Jeddah’s hotel room inventory alone will double by 2018.
“Saudi Arabia is one of the Middle East and Africa’s top hotel construction hotspots with more than 140 projects in the pipeline,” commented John Suzara, event manager of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017. “The Hotel Show is providing the most comprehensive showcase of the products and services required to develop a new or existing hotel or restaurant here.”
Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia 2017 will showcase contract flooring options, wall covering solutions, a range of materials including natural stone and ceramics and the machinery involved in quarrying, producing and cutting them.
Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure already includes the largest mosque in the world. The world’s biggest hotel, Abraj Kudai, is likely to open 10,000 rooms to the public in Makkah next year.
“2017 is a great time for suppliers and distributors to make a name for themselves in the Saudi market,” commented Yan Wang, event director of Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia.


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.