Increased GCC applicants for Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards hosted a breakfast presentation for 200 students at Alfaisal University in Riyadh on Oct. 31.
Updated 06 November 2018
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Increased GCC applicants for Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Cartier and Alfaisal University recently conducted a first-of-a-kind lecture and introduction to their women’s initiative to support women entrepreneurs at the university campus in Riyadh. This year’s Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards applications number over 2,800 worldwide, with the MENA region ranking first in terms of submissions. It is the first time the program has received applications from Saudi Arabia, which accounts for nearly a quarter of the region’s 895 candidacies. 

To further encourage the region’s female entrepreneurs, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards hosted a breakfast presentation for 200 students at Alfaisal University in Riyadh on Oct. 31. The university’s students have singular opportunities for collaborative research and international study. Furthermore, student associations, clubs, and organizations provide opportunities for both personal and professional growth as the university seeks to graduate socially responsible global citizens that are committed to lifelong learning and personal development in service to others.

“We are very proud to be hosting this Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards presentation, which aims to raise awareness about the program among the country’s students and youth,” said Alban du Mesnil du Buisson, managing director, Cartier Saudi Arabia. 

Launched in 2006 to support for-profit startup projects by female entrepreneurs, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards encourage bold ideas and creative excellence.

“Cartier has over the years cemented strong ties with the MENA region, and more specifically Saudi Arabia. We are delighted to see such significant increase in Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards candidates in our region,” said du Buisson.

Seema A. Khan, member of the advisory board for Alfaisal College of Business, was the opening key note speaker for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards launch in Saudi Arabia and was selected for her contributions to opening the door for minorities on Wall Street and Riyadh’s “Main Street.”

“Cartier is known for valuing the contribution of their people and other cultures as a magical mix that results in beautiful works of arts. This initiative is bringing their appreciation of value to the market in general by profiling women globally who drive real impact in their communities and markets,” Khan said.

She is a partner of The Seed Advisory Group, a New York-based global strategy firm.

“Building projects that go beyond the fleeting fashions of the day is at the core of Cartier’s values, which is why promoting impact-driven businesses through such programs as Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is indispensable. It is part of who we are and what we strive for,” added Sophie Doireau, managing director, Cartier UAE and India. 


Golden Gate Developers unveils newest project

Golden Gate will be developed over 140,000 square meters providing views of the waterfront and iconic Bahraini landmarks.
Updated 13 November 2018
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Golden Gate Developers unveils newest project

Golden Gate Developers launched their residential development project Golden Gate on Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay. The project is a result of a joint venture between Bahraini-based company Kooheji Golden Gate and Indian real estate companies Ajmera Realty and Mayfair Housing.

The launch event was open to the public, who had an exclusive first look at the property in its entirety. Guests were also treated to a 360-degree virtual reality tour, where they were able to walk through the property and have a virtual experience of living in their homes. 

Chairman of Kooheji Golden Gate Ishaq Al-Kooheji said: “The innovation and creativity that we have shown will only propel Bahrain into the spotlight, making the Kingdom an exemplar of excellence in the real estate industry.”

Manoj Ajmera, managing director of Ajmera Realty, said: “We are thrilled with the way the launch has taken off and are expecting only bigger and greater successes for the Golden Gate project and our growing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

Real estate firms Ajmera Realty and Mayfair Housing have delivered a number of commercial and residential spaces in India.

This partnership aims at fostering a long-lasting relationship between these two nations and attracting more foreign investment into the country. 

The property will be situated in the heart of Bahrain Bay, one of the most desirable locations for residential and commercial developments in the country where amenities and transport links are easily accessible for residents to enjoy. Golden Gate will be developed over 140,000 square meters providing views of the waterfront and iconic Bahraini landmarks.

The project will feature a “modernistic interpretation of traditional architecture” and aims to become the tallest residential towers in the country, consisting of two towers with 45 and 53 stories and a total of 746 luxurious apartments, starting at 45,000 Bahraini Dinar ($119,380). The development fuses both Bahraini and Indian cultures, paying homage to their rich cultural backgrounds. 

Nayan Shah, chairman of Mayfair Housing, said: “Bahrain was a great choice for our first international venture as Golden Gate Developers, and Bahrain Bay was the best place to begin our journey. We are impressed with the country’s business-friendly mentality and strong work ethic, which enabled us to create possibilities such as the Golden Gate project, which we hope to make a prestigious landmark.”