Berlin tours for Saudi-German start-up competition winners

Updated 18 February 2018
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Berlin tours for Saudi-German start-up competition winners

RIYADH: Two young Saudi entrepreneurs chosen as winners in the first German-Saudi start-up competition on March 22 will be awarded a four-day tour of Berlin to make a presentation of their companies and services.
“The competition offers young entrepreneurs a platform to connect with industry leaders, experienced investors and potential new customers,” said Oliver Oehms, secretary-general of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO).
They can join the competition in tech innovation and social entrepreneurship until March 5 to be shortlisted as participants.
Registered companies with user traction and sales as well as innovative ideas are eligible.
The jury for the competition will be composed of leading Saudi entrepreneurs, investors, the GESALO secretary-general, and German Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dieter W. Haller.
Oehms said the winners will make a presentation in front of prominent Saudi businessman and special guest Khaled Juffali, chairman of the Saudi-German Business Circle, during the MENA Business Forum on April 12.
“Before and after the event, an exciting dive into the vibrant start-up ecosystem in Berlin is waiting for the winning entrepreneurs,” Oehms said.
He said the young Saudis will have individual meetings with successful company founders, investors and experts.
Asked if the competition will help boost bilateral trade, Oehms said the effect would not be immediate but that it helps in the long term.
The competition is organized by GESALO in cooperation with the German Embassy and Glitch International.


Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

Updated 22 October 2018
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Saudi leadership condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.