Over 100 Gulf designers showcase their works under one roof

The exhibition simulated the reality of the Kingdom and Vision 2030 in promoting trade exchange among the GCC. AN photo
Updated 27 May 2018
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Over 100 Gulf designers showcase their works under one roof

  • Fashion and accessories sector is promising and important as Saudi Arabia ranks first in the GCC in the volume of imports of clothing and accessories
  • Almost every night, a variety of events are planned in different parts of the city

JEDDAH: Jeddawis are famous for observing the holy month of Ramadan in a different way. The celebrations associated with this month make the city of Jeddah stand out among other cities of the Kingdom.
This year, however, Ramadan is even busier in Jeddah with a spate of fun-filled events and expos.
Almost every night, a variety of events are planned in different parts of the city. Some of these events are purely based on entertainment and some are designed to help the Kingdom diversify its economy.
One such event was the seventh Khalijiat Expo that concluded on Saturday at Jeddah Hilton. The three-day event was held under the patronage of Princess Ohuod bint Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
The expo was held under the theme “Gulf Designers Federation…leadership and sustainability.” About 100 designers from across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) took part in the event, which included a large number of booths showcasing the latest fashions and designs from dresses to jewelry, chocolate and perfumes.
Fashion and accessories sector is promising and important as Saudi Arabia ranks first in the GCC in the volume of imports of clothing and accessories.
The exhibition simulated the reality of the Kingdom and Vision 2030 in promoting trade exchange among the GCC.
Abdulrahman Al-Mansour, head of the media center of the exhibition, told Arab News: “Today, the biggest challenge facing this sector is the absence of complementary industries that support designers and fashion specialists.”
Al-Mansour said: “Through the exhibition, we call on governments and investors to support the complementary industries for this sector because almost 100 percent complementary industries are imported from China, Japan and other countries“
There are also many pioneering experiences in this field of entrepreneurs to try to localize this industry.
Al-Mansour said: “We want to acquire these industries for the GCC countries as well as the fashion and jewelry sector for Gulf women have their own products and trade names starting within the market.”
Abeer Aref, the chairman of the organizing committee of the exhibition, told Arab News: “What makes this expo so special is that it gathers fashion designers from all over the GCC countries which boosts visitors to come.”
Many productive Saudi families also took part in the expo.


KSRelief 45-vehicle aid convoy heads to Hodeidah

KSRelief General Supervisor Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah speaks to media in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
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KSRelief 45-vehicle aid convoy heads to Hodeidah

  • Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief had carried out a total of 262 aid projects in all governorates of Yemen
  • Al-Rabeeah called on international humanitarian organizations to provide relief assistance to the people of Yemen.

RIYADH: A 45-vehicle aid convoy carrying 924 tons of foodstuffs, medical and housing supplies left Saudi Arabia for the Yemeni province of Hodeidah on Wednesday.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief general supervisor, said that 18 of the trucks were sent from Sharurah, 15 from Jazan and 12 from Riyadh.

The convoy included 595 tons of food baskets, 186 tons of dates, 95 tons of medicines, and 48 ​​tons of shelter materials, tents, rugs and blankets for the residents of the province of Hodeidah.

Al-Rabeeah said KSRelief had carried out a total of 262 aid projects in all governorates of Yemen.

He called on international humanitarian organizations to provide relief assistance to the people of Yemen.

The Arab coalition has secured all Yemeni crossings for humanitarian aid to alleviate Yemeni people’s suffering caused by violations committed by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, who have been looting humanitarian aid to Yemen, Al-Rabeeah said.

 “We have been always by the side of Yemeni civilians. Our prime goal is to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Yemen in general and Hodeidah in particular. We will use all transportation means, land, air or seaports, to help our brothers and sisters in Hodeidah,” he added. 

“We are welcoming coordination with the international humanitarian organizations to have a joint effort that will definitely pour into the civilians in Hodeidah to reduce the humanitarian crisis there as the coalition has expressed its full readiness to protect the aid and facilitate the means to reach different destinations,” Al-Rabeeah said.

Abdulsalam Babood, senior official to the Yemeni government and a member of Yemeni Relief Committee, said: “On behalf of my country and the Yemeni people, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince for their unmatched generosity and unwavering support to the Yemeni civilians in terms of medical supplies and food and other needed items for survival.

“Hodeidah has been suffering from the humanitarian crisis over the past three years due to the full control imposed by the Houthi militants on them. Starvation and the big shortage in medical supplies and medications and huge environmental issues are the main struggles of the people there. International reports estimate that 61 percent of people in Hodeidah are in urgent need of essential supplies. We then put a plan to cope with this humanitarian crisis.”