Red Sea Mall supports productive families

Abdullah Al-Tawi, head of Labor Ministry in Makkah region, left, shakes hands with Mohammed Alasiri, marketing manager at the Red Sea Mall. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Red Sea Mall supports productive families

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Labor in the Makkah region, Red Sea Mall recently handed over the keys to the kiosks that were set up as outlets inside the mall, to productive families. So far, the center’s retail outlets have been used by eight productive families within a month. 

The initiative, spearheaded by Red Sea Mall in collaboration with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), was launched under the slogan “Sinaati Biyadai” in February 2016 to emphasize the importance of handmade labor and promote its development. Over 200 families have benefited from the initiative over the past two years.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Jeddah has been awarding many families enrolled in social security the opportunity to sell their handmade products at Red Sea Mall. The scheduled working days are three to four days for every two families per week, during which the products will be showcased.

Aidrous Al-Bar, executive member of Red Sea Markets Limited Company, owning company of Red Sea Mall, said: “The success of the initiative over the past two years has played a significant role in attracting more families over the years. This year we have collaborated with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, which is overseeing the process of communicating with families registered for social security. We are very pleased with this pioneering step, especially because the project will hugely benefit those who are in need of such opportunities, specifically the families enrolled in social security.”

He added: “Red Sea Mall welcomes the productive families who are directed to us by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and we are helping them overcome obstacles so that the process of benefiting from the initiative will proceed as planned. 

“Our pioneering experience, together with cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aimed at guaranteeing the entry of productive families into the labor market among the small and medium enterprises. The initiative has played a major role in the entry of many families into the labor market during 2016-2017. We are very optimistic about it and will continue to work and contribute toward the achievement of the National Transformation Program 2020, and we will spare no effort to do so.”

This initiative is also one of the activities supporting the retail sector, which has entered a new stage since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, providing investment opportunities in many sectors, especially those specializing in entertainment.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.