Huge investment interest in Madinah a boon for Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

Prince Saud bin Khaled Al-Faisal, right, deputy governor of Madinah, visits the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday.
Updated 05 August 2017
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Huge investment interest in Madinah a boon for Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: Prince Saud bin Khaled Al-Faisal, deputy governor of Madinah, highlighted Madinah region’s great potential to contribute to Vision 2030.
During a visit to the Madinah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said it is a leading region in attracting investments and contributing to Saudi development.
The prince added that Madinah city, the region’s capital, enjoys Islamic and historical advantages that businessmen could see as beneficial in terms of investments.
He noted the rich agricultural and economic resources that could promote trade and economic activity in the region.
Prince Saud urged investors in Madinah to collectively come up with added-value initiatives to benefit the local economy in particular and the Kingdom in general.
Officials and leaders of business and industry in the region should also organize exhibitions and conferences, he said.
They will serve as engines of growth with the participation and attendance of local and foreign businessmen, he added.


Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

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Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

  • More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations and 10 finalists were selected
  • The winner won various prices and will have the chance to create her own business with the help of sponsors

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman has won a prestigious home-baking competition after being encouraged to enter the contest by her daughter.

Reem Rida Khashoggi beat nine other finalists in the Jeddah-based Golden Whisk competition with one of the simplest desserts of the night — “petit four” biscuits served in a small box that drew unanimous praise from the judges on Sunday.

“I got into this competition through my daughter,” Khashoggi told Arab News after accepting the trophy. “She has pushed me to improve and convinced me to be a part of this.” 

The Golden Whisk competition was organized by Crate, a Jeddah concept store that encourages local entrepreneurs, along with Mariam Haddad, owner of a bakery in Crate and one of the judges. 

More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations for judging with 10 finalists chosen for Sunday’s showdown.

Khashoggi said she gained her baking experience by “randomly opening recipe books and studying recipes.”

“I started baking with petit four biscuits and the reaction I received from the people was amazing,” she said.

Her daughter, Heba Bakri, said was “beyond happy” to see her mother win. “I am so proud, she is a great person. Congratulations, mom. You deserve the best,” she added.

The competition finale was hosted by Abdulrahman Baaghil, co-creator of Jeddah Attractions, and judges Basma El-Khereiji, chef behind the Social Kitchen, and Raneen Joudah, a home baker, together with Haddad.

“I believe that it is an act of giving back to society by getting involved with small bakers, especially people who are just starting their careers,” said El-Khereiji. 

Contestants’ offerings were judged on taste, presentation, creativity and originality. 

The winner will have the chance to create her own business with the help of recognition from startup Bakery M, design services from Loud, shelf space at Crate, a range of products from Baker’s Choice and a SR1,500 voucher from Chef & Chef.