FaceOf: Tariq Al-Essa, CEO of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau

Tariq Al-Essa is the CEO of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB)
Updated 07 June 2018
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FaceOf: Tariq Al-Essa, CEO of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau

  • Al-Essa discussed the growth of the Saudi meetings industry in comparison to neighbors such as the UAE, specifically the potential in cities such as Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and the Eastern Province

Tariq Al-Essa is the CEO of the Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB). As CEO, he is tasked with developing and implementing efficient and transparent licensing policies with the goal of encouraging investments in the Kingdom’s exhibition and convention sector by providing suitable options for the organization of large, high-quality events.

Speaking at a recent conference in Riyadh, Al-Essa discussed the growth of the Saudi meetings industry in comparison to neighbors such as the UAE, specifically the potential in cities such as Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and the Eastern Province. 

“In terms of numbers of business events or the size of industry, Saudi demand and supply on the meetings industry is much bigger and stable with high potential powered by Saudi Vision 2030,” he said. 

In 2002, after completing his bachelor of science degree in systems engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Al-Essa earned his professional diploma in business administration from Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2004.  

Al-Essa then gained work experience as a researcher with the National Tourism and Information and Research Center, as well as a part-time instructor at Al-Yamamah University teaching elective courses in “Principles of Event Management.”

 In 2008, Al-Essa continued his higher education at the University of Technology, Sydney, earning his graduate diploma as well as his masters in event management by 2011.

Before becoming executive director at SECB, Al-Essa worked at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Heritage from 2005 to 2013 in the department of product development as a senior tourism and programs specialist.

Since 2013, he has been actively leading the promoting of the Kingdom as a viable host for regional and international exhibitions and conventions.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.