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
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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.


Bupa Arabia makes its mark at Hajj Hackathon

Updated 18 August 2018
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Bupa Arabia makes its mark at Hajj Hackathon

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance participated as the health care sponsor in the recently concluded Hajj Hackathon in Jeddah. 

The three-day event, which has been declared as the biggest hackathon in the world, was organized by the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP) and gathered leading developers and programmers to enhance the experience of millions of pilgrims in the Kingdom. 

Bupa Arabia said its strategic partnership in this grand national event is of great significance. Hajj Hackathon brought together thousands of global talents from around the world with a clear objective in line with Saudi Vision 2030. The vision aims at the creation of a vibrant community that enjoys a healthier lifestyle, in addition to increasing the Kingdom’s capacity to welcome more pilgrims so that the holy city can accommodate 6 million Hajj and 30 million Umrah pilgrims by 2030.

Ali Sheneamar, chief business development officer at Bupa Arabia, said: “We are pleased to be part of the Hajj Hackathon in partnership with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones. We are also keen to support the Kingdom’s drive to motivate Saudi Arabia’s young talents and enrich the Hajj experience using unique innovative solutions. As we look forward to this opportunity, we join hands with the government’s direction for a prosperous pilgrimage journey by setting the foundations for local potential who play a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s current winds of change.”

Bupa Arabia welcomed all participants during the event at its health lounge and ran health checkups involving several medical tests. These included diabetes and blood pressure tests, and diagnostic eye and dental examinations. The company’s staff members were on hand providing valuable guidance and advice on health, diet, and sports, among other topics.

Bupa Arabia also displayed its e-services and digital platforms during the event. Saudi Arabia’s first Hajj Hackathon became the largest ever and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. It brought together 3,000 developers from 50 countries handpicked from among 20,000 applicants.