Industrial Valley at King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia attracts 120 firms

Industrial Valley CEO Ayman Youssef Mansi speaks during an interview with Arab News. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 14 May 2018
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Industrial Valley at King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia attracts 120 firms

  • Industrial Valley CEO Ayman Youssef Mansi was one of the speakers during the first day of the recently concluded Makkah Economic Forum

JEDDAH: With its prime position in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), the new global gateway to high-growth markets in the GCC region and East Africa, Industrial Valley is well-placed to serve global trade.

The Valley is connected to King Abdullah Port, the Haramain high-speed railway network, the planned Saudi Landbridge project for freight, and the national highway network. 

Industrial Valley CEO Ayman Youssef Mansi was one of the speakers during the first day of the recently concluded Makkah Economic Forum.

He said that Industrial Valley is a key driver of the KAEC economy, and the fastest-growing logistics and light manufacturing hub in the region.

“It has attracted more than 120 leading local and international companies that have chosen to establish manufacturing plants and logistics facilities there,” he said. 

“The seaport not only serves (Saudi Arabia) but also global markets in East Africa and all parts of the world,” he added.

“We are also working on training and absorbing national youths. We have set up a program called ‘Ambition,’ which has so far trained about 3,000 Saudis.”

The goal, he said, is to become a leading international destination for logistics industries.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.