Saudi start-ups build a platform for innovation

Updated 09 March 2018
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Saudi start-ups build a platform for innovation

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is brimming with talent, creativity and the drive for innovation. Vision 2030, led by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, further corroborates the Kingdom’s support for aspiring youth and local businesses to thrive. These are six Saudi start-ups to look out for:

YOUPOSITIVE
YouPositive is an electronic platform founded by Zahra Al-Mohanna that connects users with their appropriate life-coach or counselor and offers affordable sessions online.
YouPositive helps those who wish to maintain anonymity.
Walaa Moathen, the CEO assistant, told Arab News: “It also helps counselors and life-coaches as without portals like us to introduce them, people rarely find out about the help they’re certified to offer.”
Sessions are an hour long, and prices differ depending on the sort of treatment the client requires and the life-coach; they cover career & income, parenting & children, relationships and self.

VIBES
Vibes offices is a fully equipped co-working space that aims to alter people’s perception of the workplace.
Creating an active community, Vibes has an activities calendar made to cater to those in its premises. It continuously works on events, workshops and training courses to help members connect with the right people.
Vibes has four plans to cater to freelancers, start-ups, designers, programmers, and those in need of a meeting space, with month-to-month rental agreements that give users a 24/7 space access.

THREE POINT ONE FOUR
Mohammed Al-Hashimi and Omar Abduljawad formed Pi, threepointonefour or 3.14, a team of passionate architects who work in a collaborative environment to provide users with smart spaces and experiences.
The team behind Pi celebrate visionary diversity by collaborating with others.
Pi Architects aims at improving the built environment in the region, by bringing together a variety of different thinkers and creators.

DOKKAN AFKAR
This Saudi-based e-commerce platform offers innovative gadgets and products in a flourishing market as it targets GCC online shoppers. It aims to provide local and international designers in all fields a program in which to display their products and creativity.
Ammar Wagnah, Abdullah Bajri and Mohammed Nasrallah started Dokkan Afkar to unite customers with quirky inspirational gizmos, from home and office appliances and accessories to the perfect gifts and brands for loved ones.
Dokkan Afkar want to bring in unique designers and collaborators to meet their customers’ expectations.

CURA
Wael Kabli and Mohammad Zekrallah created the first health care application in the Middle East that enables users to get in touch directly with certified, qualified doctors about medical cases. The user can use photos, videos and audio recordings to report their condition with their doctor of choice.
The Cura app creates a portal between patients and doctors through secure conversations and follow-up consultations, or, in dire cases, can direct them to see doctors in person.
Kabli told Arab News: “The idea for Cura formed around 2015 when my daughter needed to see a doctor around dusk for her ears. Of course, you can’t find any doctors around that time, and the nearest appointment would be during working hours. I decided to find a solution that makes doctors more accessible.”

PAYTABS
PayTabs offers clients a secure and convenient online B2B payment method. It enables businesses to accept online payments through the right technology for the current market.
It caters to corporations, growing SMEs and the e-commerce market. PayTabs’ clients can also share online invoices, create API plugins to integrate with their website and create an online store. The technology systems on offer help to prevent fraud.
PayTabs was founded by Abdulaziz Al-Jouf to offer users an opportunity to conduct and grow smart businesses on a local and international scale.


Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

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Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

  • Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week
  • The Grazia Middle East Style Awards will this year take place in Riyadh

RIYADH: Emerging Saudi fashion designers will get a chance to showcase their work alongside internationally renowned peers — including Yahya Couture, Yuliya Yanina and Lama Askari — during the second edition of Saudi Fashion Week, which runs from October 21 to 25, 2018.

The dates were revealed by the event’s founder, Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, who made a statement with her choice of outfit for the official announcement: a black abaya with a traditional Saudi hand embroidered, red design.

The princess, who is the founder of Saudi fashion community and Saudi Fashion Week in Saudi Arabia, said she always dreamed of being part of the fashion industry and is working hard to help the dreams of others come true as well, by supporting local designers,providing them with a platform on which to showcase their creativity, and supplying them with the tools they need to succeed.

“This fashion week is sponsored by the GCA and we want to highlight our Saudi culture,” she said when asked how the second edition will differ from the inaugural event in April 2018. “Every designer is unique and designs in a different way. Our culture is not only about wearing an abaya; it’s what makes you comfortable as a person.

“We have more local names coming out and a program to support emerging designers. This is a platform with which we support Saudi designers, in their country, which they represent.”

However, it also embraces the wider international fashion industry, as well.

“it’s an exchange of cultures. It’s a platform for Saudi and other countries,” said Princess Noura. “When we speak about fashion, it’s a mirror that reflects our culture and modernity.”

To help launch the careers of Saudis who are just starting out in the fashion industry, a “Top emerging Saudi designers” program has been developed, and the country’s fashion community has chosen six designers to participate, some of whom are recentcollege graduates. It will offer them support and give them real-world experience of the fashion industry.

Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week, with three runway shows each day, beginning at 8pm. In addition, a fashion festival featuring pop-up stores will run throughout the event. The Grazia Middle East Style Awards, which is usually held in Dubai, will this year take place in Riyadh on the final day of Saudi Fashion Week.

“I want every designer in Saudi Arabia to not be afraid and to come out and show what they are made of. Be Brave,” added Princess Noura.