Saudi entertainment authority launches e-portal to facilitate event planners

Updated 17 November 2017
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Saudi entertainment authority launches e-portal to facilitate event planners

RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) launched an online “License Portal” on Nov. 14 to facilitate event planners in obtaining official permissions in minimum possible time.
A four-minute instructional video is also available on the GEA’s website, www.events.gea.gov.sa. The step-by-step video contains all information about the required documents to be uploaded through the web portal. It is currently available only in Arabic.
Event planners and organizers have reacted positively to the measure. However, they said they have to wait and watch how things work, as the service is yet to be tested.
“It’s still too early to tell,” said Anwar Idriss, a media consultant and entertainment director.
“If the portal is backed up with a well-organized support team that offers assistance on an equal opportunity basis, it will solve many of the issues we currently face.” He added: “The purpose is to help organizers’ workflow, not complicate it. There are many who would like to enter the business, and are in need of guidance.”
Before the establishment of the GEA, organizers had to face several bureaucratic complications in the issuance of permissions, as various agencies and authorities used to issue permits.
However, now event planners hope that the introduction of the new service will prove to be a “one-window” operation.
A GEA spokesperson told Arab News: “It’s too soon to comment on the results ...The portal was established for event planners in the Kingdom who organize events that go along with our vision. If an event planner doesn’t qualify… the application will be rejected until all the requirements are met.”
The authority also launched an electronic “ideas portal” for the 2018 calendar year for international and national organizations and entertainment firms. The aim is to diversify and develop the entertainment industry in the Kingdom to meet international standards.
The GEA has offered all organizers to submit their ideas through http://add.roznamah.sa starting Nov.13. The ideas will be accepted until Dec. 14.


Indonesia is ‘guest of honor’ at Janadriyah festival

Indonesia will be the “guest of honor” at 33rd Janadriyah. (SPA)
Updated 16 October 2018
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Indonesia is ‘guest of honor’ at Janadriyah festival

  • National Guard minister thanked King Salman for his patronage of the festival in the village of Janadriyah on the northern outskirts of Riyadh

JEDDAH: Indonesia will be the “guest of honor” country this year at the 33rd Janadriyah festival, the Saudi celebration of heritage and culture, the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh said on Tuesday.

King Salman will patronize the opening ceremony of the festival on Dec. 31. The annual festival is organized by the Ministry of National Guard and is held with an accompanying grand camel race, which is a major attraction.

Minister of the National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz bin Ayyaf, who is also the chairman of the festival’s supreme committee, thanked King Salman for his patronage of the festival in the village of Janadriyah on the northern outskirts of Riyadh.

Prince Khalid said that as in previous years, the 18-day long festival will include many activities including lectures, seminars, and various cultural events for visitors to enjoy.

Aiming to expand its global outreach and find cultural synergies with countries with rich culture and civilization, the Saudi government started inviting a foreign country as the “guest of honor” every year

India was the guest last year, while Egypt was the country honored at Janadriyah 31.