Red Sea Mall’s CSR programs raise community awareness

The results of the partnership between Red Sea Mall and ITA’AM Association in 2017 brought about the collection of 140,800 meals.
Updated 11 September 2018
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Red Sea Mall’s CSR programs raise community awareness

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer just about charity and volunteerism. It also includes responsibility for the community through the adoption of many development projects and awareness programs that contribute toward sustainability. In accordance with Saudi Vision 2030, supporting programs with social impact, encouraging volunteers and enabling the nonprofit sector to obtain sustainable sources of funding is the cornerstone of the vision to maximize the social impact of this sector.

Red Sea Mall, one of the private sector companies that initiated the implementation of social responsibility programs as business requirements, is actively involved in the sustainable development of the communities in which it operates. Through its events, Red Sea Mall aims to emphasize that social responsibility is not just about engaging in charitable activities or organizing voluntary campaigns, but also about taking up the responsibility toward society. According to this concept, CSR is achieved through engaging relevant stakeholders and working in a transparent and ethical framework.

Many CSR projects, such as “ITA’AM,” are built into Red Sea Mall’s identity. Based on its central location, Red Sea Mall’s partnership with “ITA’AM” has had positive results over the last three years since its inception in 2016. Since then, Red Sea Mall has invested up to SR3 million ($799,920), including the cost of stands and food storage boxes and the cost of printing branding materials.

Executive member of Red Sea Markets Limited, owning company of Red Sea Mall, Aidrous Al-Bar, said the work to promote community awareness is important and is the key reason behind sustainability.  He said: “The development of innovative and effective solutions has been and continues to be one of the priorities of Red Sea Mall management, evident in the various activities and diverse participations in many events held by the mall throughout the year. Red Sea Mall has become the second home for many, and this great turnout makes it necessary to activate social responsibility programs that contribute to charitable work while maximizing the social impact in order to achieve sustainability.”

The results of the partnership between Red Sea Mall and ITA’AM Association in 2017 brought about the collection of 140,800 meals through six stands specifically designed for this initiative. 

The overall weight of meals collected during the year was 49 tons, whereby 17 percent of the food stored in Jeddah was distributed.

 


VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018
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VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at www.vfsglobal.co.uk/sa/en

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.