Saudi female inspectors hired to inspect women-only shops in Makkah, Madinah

A Ministry of Commerce and Investment official inspects women-only shops in Madinah.
Updated 10 September 2017

Saudi female inspectors hired to inspect women-only shops in Makkah, Madinah

RIYADH: For the first time in its annals, the Ministry of Commerce (MCI) and Investment successfully conducted field inspections carried out by Saudi women in women-only shops in Makkah and Madinah during the Hajj.
According to an official from the ministry, the women were deployed to inspect the markets and monitor violations, if any. The women carried out the functions and tasks entrusted to them inside the women’s shopping centers and markets, the official added.
Over Hajj, various inspection teams from the ministry conducted some 153 field inspections which focused on the status of food supplies and consumer items, and also verified the quality, validity and prices of goods and foodstuff displayed in stores.
The official said that the teams also focused on ensuring the absence of fraud, cheating or manipulation, in addition to maintaining the pilgrims’ health and safety.
Visits were carried out by inspectors around the clock in all areas of the holy cities, mainly to safeguard consumer interests.
The official pointed out that the ministry’s inspection teams would continue to supervise and monitor sales outlets, ensure the quality and validity of goods and their conformity with the approved specifications.
Teams will also visit automobile tire shops, car service stations, and also gas stations to ensure that there is no adulteration in fuel supplied to automobiles.
Earlier, authorities closed several gas stations which were selling adulterated petrol claiming it as super-quality petrol.

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

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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: