‘Favorite’ malls in Riyadh, Jeddah revealed

The most popular shopping malls in Riyadh and Jeddah were revealed Tuesday. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 27 May 2017
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‘Favorite’ malls in Riyadh, Jeddah revealed

DUBAI: The most popular shopping malls in Riyadh and Jeddah were revealed Tuesday at the Arab Luxury World forum in Dubai.
The data was gathered by GCC Mall Mapping, a syndicated research initiative designed by consultant Nadine Touma Gammage, managed and executed by Sapience Consultancy and endorsed by the Arab Luxury World forum.
Gammage revealed the Q1 2017 findings during a presentation at the forum and explained to the audience that the results were based on interviews with 600 people in each city from a mix of nationalities and age groups.
She stressed that the results were based on interviews with residents, rather than tourists, and persons from households with a total income of SR10,000 at least per month.
According to the findings, Riyadh malls in the “favorites” category include Riyadh Gallery, Granada Mall, Nakheel Mall and Panorama Mall as 40-60 percent of responders in the city say they have visited in the past three months. Riyadh Gallery comes out on top with 15-20 percent of interviewees rating it their “preferred mall.”
Meanwhile, 10-15 percent of interviewees rated Granada, Nakheel and Panorama their “preferred mall.”
In Jeddah, five malls were placed in the “favorites” category — Mall of Arabia, Red Sea Mall, Aziz Mall, Salaam Mall and Andalus Mall.
Here, 45-60 percent of interviewees said they visited the malls in the past three months, with Red Sea Mall and Andalus Mall coming out on top as 15-20 percent of respondents called it their “preferred mall.”
Geared toward providing much-needed insight into the shopping habits of consumers, the Mall Mapping initiative was launched at last year’s Arab Luxury World forum.
Organized by Dubai-based publisher Mediaquest Corp., the two-day luxury business conference featured an agenda of speeches and panel discussions by more than 70 speakers under the theme “Digital Disruption and Emotional Engagement.”
The event, which wrapped up Tuesday, served as a platform for professionals from the premium goods and services market to discuss and debate the latest trends in the industry.

* This story has been updated to show that Riyadh Gallery is among the 'favorite' category of malls in Riyadh.


Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

Updated 26 March 2019
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Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

  • He said he hopes to support Saudi filmmakers through his recently launched production company
  • The festival, at Ithra, is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province

DHAHRAN: Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. talked about his experiences in Hollywood, and the challenges he has faced during his career, when he appeared on Monday night at the fifth Saudi Film Festival, which is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province.
Known for his roles in movies such as “Men of Honor”, “A Few Good Men” and “American Crime Story,” among others, he has appeared in more than 85 films during a 30-year career on screen and stage. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.
Gooding Jr. arrived for the event, at the King Abdul Aziz World Center for Culture (Ithra), accompanied by Claudine De Niro, the estranged wife of actor Robert De Niro’s son, Raphael. They were greeted by renowned Saudi film producer and Hollywood businessman Mohammed Al-Turki.
Gooding Jr. spoke to the audience at Ithra for almost 60 minutes about his long career and the challenges and pitfalls he had experienced on the road to success in the film industry. He also offered some advice to anyone interested in following in his footsteps.
“No one prepares you for success,” he said. “That’s why you see a lot of actors that star in movies, then disappear. Or you see athletes that make a $100 million and then they disappear, too. They weren’t ready for it.
“You have to envision yourself standing on that stage, holding an Oscar over your head, saying, ‘This is for the Middle-East’. You have to envision the script that you will write and envision being on that stage, holding that Oscar.
“People asked me after I won that Academy Award if I ever thought I would be on that stage. I always said, ‘Not in a million years.’ But that’s a lie. You have to envision yourself on that stage, winning that award, so that when you succeed it will feel normal, not like it’s something special, so that you can do it again.”
The actor also said that he intends to support filmmakers from Saudi Arabia and other countries through his recently launched production company.
Asked if he had any projects planned in the region, and Saudi Arabia in particular, he said: “I do, actually. I have a couple of things. I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say that there is a lot of great literature that I’ve read, a lot of different books, including Arabian Nights. It’s hard to talk about the things in development because you don’t want to give it away but there is definitely something in development.”