Saudi musicians perform at Aloft Hotels concert

Aloft Hotels is Marriott International’s brand for music lovers and music makers.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Saudi musicians perform at Aloft Hotels concert

Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s brand for music lovers and music makers, licensed by the General Entertainment Authority in Saudi Arabia and in partnership with Eplus, recently organized a music event in Riyadh titled “Music Makers Live @Aloft Hotels.”

Emerging artists were invited to the hotel where selected musicians auditioned along with Hejazi, a popular local band. The performing musicians were in the spotlight at Aloft Riyadh on Nov. 9.

“Saudi Arabia has a great number of very talented artists that are awaiting their opportunity to emerge. With ‘Live at Aloft Hotels’ concert series arriving in the Kingdom we aim to provide local talent with the perfect platform to showcase their music,” said Adel Jubran, general manager at Aloft Hotels.

“At Aloft we love music and we believe this is a great way for us to contribute back to the community through providing another outlet for the Saudi youth to be entertained,” he added.

The artists who participated in the auditions submitted a video file of their best performance along with their personal information via WhatsApp.

The event was part of the “Live At Aloft Hotels” concert series, an international program aimed to support emerging artists around the world by hosting free live music performances. The best performing artists at the live shows receive valuable rewards from Aloft Hotels.

The event partner of “Music Makers Live @Aloft Hotels,” Eplus, is a leading company in the entertainment sector having produced popular events across the Kingdom, including Michael Fadel’s concert in King Abdullah Economic City, “Khan Al-Khalili” festival in Jeddah, and “Bakshat Al-Eid” in Arar.


Shell KSA supports special needs children

The event organized by the Disabled Children’s Association was held on Nov. 12.
Updated 09 December 2018
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Shell KSA supports special needs children

Shell Saudi Arabia has announced the continuation of its sponsorship for the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) art program for two years (2018-2019). The announcement, made at an event organized by the DCA on Nov. 12, is part of Shell Saudi Arabia’s ongoing support for children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Disabled Children’s Association has become one of the largest institutions specialized in the care of children with special needs in the Arab world.

The program held last month promoted the skills and artworks of such children.

To mark the collaboration between the two organizations, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailim, vice chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association’s executive committee, presented a commemorative shield to Mohammed Al-Zomaia, Shell Saudi Arabia’s general manager for corporate development.

“At Shell, we believe in creating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. An inclusive environment is key to innovating, developing and retaining talent, and it begins with the youngest members of our communities,” said Al-Zomaia.

Shell has been active in the Kingdom for over seven decades and has a wide variety of social investment activities in the country, many of which are centered around youth empowerment, such as Shell Intilaaqah and FutbolNet.

Shell Intilaaqah aims to strengthen young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment. Shell’s trainees have set up 1,100 businesses, in addition to 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs. Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis — the majority of whom were women. 

Shell and Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation work together and use football to teach children the importance of values. The FutbolNet program is a 12-week football training course for children supported by dedicated coaches. Futbolnet aims to infuse values like respect, teamwork and commitment, which are key for the children to develop as happy, healthy and value-adding individuals.