‘Shopping one of top three favorite activities’ for Saudi visitors to UK

The UK is home to some of the world’s most innovative designers. (AN photos by Bashear Saleh)
Updated 28 November 2018

‘Shopping one of top three favorite activities’ for Saudi visitors to UK

  • British designers showcase latest winter collections in Riyadh
  • We hope that UK brands and partnerships can continue to grow in the retail market in Saudi Arabia, says UK envoy

RIYADH: There is great demand for shopping among Saudi tourists in the UK, Simon Collis, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said at an event in Riyadh on Tuesday. 

“We know that shopping in the UK is one of the top three favorite activities for Saudis when they visit the country,” Collis said. “Many of these brands are also available in Saudi Arabia and we hope that UK brands and partnerships can continue to grow in the retail market in Saudi Arabia.”

The UK Department for International Trade contributed to the event by showcasing the autumn/winter collections of British fashion brands Karen Millen, Austin Reed, Cath Kidston, Dune London and Sleek Makeup.

Collis said that the UK fashion industry was one of the most vibrant and creative business sectors with a universal appeal.

“London Fashion Week, which featured over 80 designers and 100 brands, is a testament to the fact that the UK is home to some of the world’s most innovative designers,” he said.

During the event in the ambassador’s residence garden, Sameerah Rawaha, from Karen Millen, talked about the brand in Saudi Arabia. “Karen Millen has been in Saudi Arabia for almost 18 years, and it was considered the first international premium brand in Saudi,” she said. 

Rawaha presented the latest autumn/winter collection from Karen Millen during the event, including the evening wear collection.

The Austin Reed and Cath Kidston brands were also represented. Austin Reed was established in the UK in 1900 and the brand was launched in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

“Since then the journey has been very long and challenging, but what I have seen is that there is no difference between fashion in the UK and in Saudi Arabia,” a representative for the brand said. 

Kim Steel, from Sleek Makeup, said: “It is a UK brand which has been around since 1985 and over time the brand has developed and evolved. The brand (has) catered for darker color skins; it has really helped in catering to Middle Eastern skin shades. We are all about liveliness and creativity, there are no boundaries to makeup.”

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.