Crown prince of Sharjah inaugurates GCC Labor Market Conference

The opening session of the conference was attended by the directors and employees of a large number of public and private sector organizations in the UAE and other GCC countries.
Updated 21 October 2017
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Crown prince of Sharjah inaugurates GCC Labor Market Conference

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, crown prince and deputy ruler of Sharjah, on Sunday attended the opening of the 5th GCC HR and Labor Market Executive Conference held under the theme “Gulf human capital, a promising wealth.”
The two-day conference organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Expo Center Sharjah was addressed by Abdullah Sultan Al-Owais, vice president of the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Abdul Rahman S. Al-Otaishan, chairman of the Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council; and Khalifa bin Said Al-Abri, assistant secretary-general for economic and development affairs at the General Secretariat of the GCC.
Also among the speakers were Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, Bahrain’s minister of labor and social development and current chairman of the GCC Labor Ministers, and Fayez Ali Al-Mutairi, director general of the Arab Labor Organization.
The opening session was attended by Saqr Ghobash, UAE minister of human resources and Emiratization; Khaled bin Butti, director general of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, executive director of Expo Center Sharjah; Mariam Saif Al-Shamsi, assistant director general for logistics at Sharjah Chamber; and the directors and employees of a large number of public and private sector organizations in the UAE and other GCC countries.
Sheikh Sultan opened the exhibition accompanying the conference and took a tour while being briefed on the services provided by Sharjah Chamber and its affiliates at the event. He also visited the pavilion of the Sharjah Forum for Development, which is hosting 30 young people from the Sharjah Leadership Programme.
Al-Owais delivered a presentation on the importance of human resources as the basis for the sustainable development of any society. He pointed out that the GCC countries have given priority to Gulf citizens while building the foundation for improving human lives based on a shared common vision and the wise guidance and support of the leaders of these countries.
Al-Owais announced the establishment of an award to recognize and honor Gulf enterprises employing the highest number of GCC citizens under the name “Sharjah Gulf Localization Award.”


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.