Huge global and Arab participation in DecoFair 2017

The 9th edition of Decofair 2017 was inaugurated by President of Umm Al-Qura University Bakri Assas on Monday.
Updated 09 November 2017

Huge global and Arab participation in DecoFair 2017

The 9th edition of Decofair 2017, Saudi Arabia’s exclusive furniture and interior design exhibition, was inaugurated by President of Umm Al-Qura University Bakri Assas on Monday. Experts and investors at the event predicted that international companies entering the furniture market in Saudi Arabia and forming local alliances will transform the Kingdom into the largest furniture market in the Arab world.
Such partnerships will give rise to innovation and high standards in the field of home furnishings, design, décor and supporting sectors, they said.
Over 120 exhibitors representing nine major specialized sectors and from nine countries participated in Decofair 2017 held at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel, receiving visitors daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The four-day event ran from Nov. 6-9.
Assas toured the exhibition pavilions with business owners and members of the organizing committee. He was briefed on diverse and inclusive products in the fields of furniture, design, lighting, home accessories, textiles, upholstery, kitchen products, sanitary ware, designs and architectural services, showcased by international and Arab participants.
Haya Al-Sunaidi, chairman of the organizing committee, said that some international companies have joined the Saudi market for the first time.
“There is a need for more local alliances to reduce imports and create products that meet the goals of Vision 2030, as well as contribute to creating training and employment opportunities for Saudi youth,” she said.
Al-Sunaidi said the event brought together companies that are keen to boost their presence in the Saudi market, whether directly or through partnerships, and supported by the recent reforms adopted by the Kingdom. It is an opportunity for cooperation, trade communication and an exchange of experiences between international and Saudi companies.
“Starting Monday, a specialized jury of leading architects, international designers and real estate developers will assess participants for the ‘2017 Best Design Award’ — a professional platform to support creative designers and to highlight their designs and projects, through which business professionals and decision-makers can communicate and collaborate with them,” Al-Sunaidi said at the opening ceremony.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.