Makkah forum takes steps to engage private sector in region’s development

The Makkah Economic Forum aims to unify the efforts of the public and private sectors under one umbrella. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 09 May 2018
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Makkah forum takes steps to engage private sector in region’s development

  • The MEF aims to unify the efforts of the public and private sectors to attract the largest number of investors and businesspersons.
  • The investment cost of the sacrificial meat waste management factory is SR88 million ($23 million).

JEDDAH: The Makkah Economic Forum (MEF) has lined up a series of highly engaging activities spread across the entire year to involve the private sector as an active partner in the region’s development programs and help realize the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030. 

The comprehensive activities, which begin tomorrow, May 9, will help identify the current challenges and opportunities in the market and build on the momentum created by the recent two-day MEF 2018 event in Jeddah to encourage local and international business investments in the region’s development projects.

The engagements will primarily be focused on four of the 12 Vision realization programs: National Industrial Development and Logistics, Enriching the Hajj and Umrah Experience, Public Investment Fund and Tourism, and Improving the Quality of Life. 

“The year-long activities organized as part of the Makkah Economic Forum will create dialogues to encourage and facilitate effective collaboration to make the private sector an active partner in activating the vision realization programs,” said Dr. Lama Al-Sulaiman vice chairwoman and board member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

Events organized as part of the year-long activities will cover some very interesting topics such as the importance of developing marketing skills to standout within today’s marketing noise and clutter, and surviving change in a rapidly evolving environment.

The Makkah Economic Forum aims to unify the efforts of the public and private sectors under one umbrella to attract the largest number of investors and businesspersons at all levels.

Investment opportunities

Eight investment opportunities in the Hajj and Umrah sector were launched by the Makkah Development Commission on Monday at the Makkah Economic Forum.

The opportunities are for a sacrificial meat waste management factory; a project to support services for people with special needs; the Miqat Qarn Al-Manazel development project; a food factory for pilgrims project; a Makkah-made products factory; a Makkah Gate development project; a downtown terminal project; and a Makkah and Madinah historical sites development project.

The investment cost of the sacrificial meat waste management factory is SR88 million ($23 million). The project aims to build a factory that can manage the huge amounts of waste resulting from sacrificial meat.

The project of support services for people with special needs will cost SR24 million and aims to provide high-quality services for the physically challenged and the elderly during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.

The Qarn Al-Manazel development project, which involves an investment of SR50 million, aims to renovate the areas near Qarn Al-Manazil Miqat, where shopping areas and washing facilities will be built.

The food factory for pilgrims project, costing SR90 million, will build and operate a food factory in the Muzdalifah area to provide high-quality food to pilgrims at affordable prices.

The Makkah-made product factory, costing SR175 million, will construct a commercial center to promote products made in Makkah and Madinah, including souvenirs, local food and other commodities.

The Makkah Gate development project, costing SR130 million, aims to build and operate the Makkah Gate as well as provide a parking area and commercial buildings for rent.

The downtown terminal project, costing SR85 million, will build and operate a downtown station accessible to all five-star hotels. It aims to reduce the pressure on local and international terminals and improve the visitor experience.

The Makkah and Madinah historical sites development project involves an investment of SR425 million to renovate four historical sites in Makkah and Madinah — Jabal Al-Noor, Jabal Thor, Jabal Al-Romat and Arwah Ibn Al-Zubair Palace.


Start-up of the Week: Making a difference in the field of logistics in Saudi Arabia

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Start-up of the Week: Making a difference in the field of logistics in Saudi Arabia

  • Amirni.com is a one-stop shop where one can find all of its services and products
  • Clients can either call or use the chatting feature on the company’s app for all questions or concerns

JEDDAH: Amirni Express Co. (AX) is a Saudi-based logistics, mail and goods delivery company that provides on-demand delivery services through its own fleet of cars and drivers.
Established in 2016, AX currently covers Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Dammam and Alkhobar. AX allows both the general public and businesses to send or receive anything, anywhere, and at any time within Saudi Arabia, and soon in the greater Gulf Cooperation Council region. All retailers and consumers can select products and set up a scheduled delivery time on demand by simply using the company’s app or through its website, or by calling directly.
Aiming to ease the life of Saudi consumers, AX was founded on the principle: “To Simplify and To Serve.” In an era of technology, it plays an effective role in the delivery of goods and services in an efficient and professional manner. The company’s main objective is to be available at all times and places providing technical delivery services using an application designed to service wherever you are in the Kingdom. Everything from restaurant deliveries to pharmaceutical pick-ups, and bulk services can be arranged.
Specifically, in the field of delivery services, Amirni Express Co. realizes the importance of pharmaceutical delivery. It offers its services 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Its website, Amirni.com is a one-stop shop where one can find all of its services and products. In addition, discounts and special offers are frequently presented to Amirni clients. By using state-of-the-art GPS technology, clients can track their orders and acquire the exact time of arrival. Clients can also choose their most convenient payment method, as all of their vehicles are equipped with a point-of-sale system that accepts debit and credit cards. Clients have the payment options of ATM, or cash, or via MADA network.
Amirni CEO, Abdullah Alnajar described what is next for his company. “In the near future, each of our consumers will have access to Moe-Bot, an in-app A.I. Assistant, who will help them save money in addition to anticipating their needs before they are requested so that their needs are readily available by the time they are desired. We are morphing into an artificially intelligent ecosystem that profoundly understands each consumer and supplier!”
Since Amirni’s goal is to enrich delivery services and make it easily accessible to customers, it manages all data, orders, and requests through their own in-house call center. Clients can either call or use the chatting feature on the company’s app for all questions or concerns. The call center is available at all hours of operations (8 a.m. to 2 a.m.).