Riyadh to host 2nd Saudi franchise expo in February

The Saudi International Franchise Expo 2019 is held in partnership with the General Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises.
Updated 09 January 2019
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Riyadh to host 2nd Saudi franchise expo in February

The second edition of the Saudi International Franchise Expo 2019, held in partnership with the General Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises, will take place from Feb. 4-6 at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center in the capital.

The event, which will gather decision-makers, pioneers, regional and international experts, and Saudi business entrepreneurs, will showcase the Kingdom’s prominent investment prospects.

The event, which is the first of its kind in the Saudi franchise industry, will include participants from the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain Egypt, Jordan, Japan, Canada, the USA, US, China, Spain, Malaysia and France. 

The exhibition reflects the Kingdom’s strategy to diversify the economy by attracting more investors and creating an investment climate. It is in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to support non-oil sectors.

The exhibition aims at exporting Saudi brands by granting franchise rights inside and outside the Kingdom.

Ahmed Al-Rifai, director of the exhibition, said: “The Saudi International Franchise Expo is an opportunity to empower local companies and upgrade them as it offers 40 workshops on different topics, such as the concept of ‘franchise,’ how they can set up a franchise, information on Saudi laws, how to draft franchise contracts, and promotion of the brand.”

He said the General Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises aims to regulate the SMEs sector in accordance with the best international practices to increase productivity, thereby increasing its contribution to the GDP.


Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Updated 17 June 2019
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Rove At The Park opens in Dubai Parks and Resorts

Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale hotel brand, has opened its sixth hotel in Dubai — Rove At The Park — in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region. As the opening offer, guests can stay at Rove At The Park for 199 dirhams ($54) per night inclusive of two tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Rove At The Park has 579 rooms and interconnecting family rooms. Guests at Dubai Parks and Resorts can access more than 100 fun rides and attractions spread across Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park. This is in addition to free access to themed zones, street ambiance and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland Dubai.
On the opening of the new hotel, Paul Bridger, corporate director of operations, Rove Hotels, said: “Guests love Rove Hotels for their convenient locations, funky interiors, chilled ambience and great service, which have made the brand one of the most popular in the city. We are excited to open Rove At The Park, our sixth and largest property in Dubai. The hotel offers a launchpad to discover Dubai Parks and Resorts and the rest of the city.”
Ahmed Al-Rayyes, chief retail and hospitality officer, DXB Entertainments, the company that owns Dubai Parks and Resorts, said:
“Dubai Parks and Resorts is a dynamic leisure destination with attractions that appeal to families, couples, and theme park enthusiasts from around the globe. With the opening of Rove At The Park, guests will have easy access to a vibrant new hotel that is perfect for residents looking for a quick weekend getaway. Opening a second hotel is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts’ strategy to have more than 1,300 keys at the destination by the second half of 2020. We look forward to welcoming even more tourists who will now be able to enjoy rides and attractions at the park, with the option of a conveniently located hotel in the vicinity.”
Rove At The Park is just over half an hour drive from the Dubai International Airport and the Al-Maktoum International Airport. Additionally, the hotel is just minutes away from the future Expo 2020 location, making it convenient for visitors traveling to the exhibition.
The design of Rove At The Park is inspired by the local area and uses art to tell stories and offer Instagrammable moments throughout the hotel. All 579 rooms house a 48-inch interactive TV screen with a smart media hub and free Wi-Fi. The rooms have designer mattresses, pull-out beds for extra guests, a mini-fridge, a large safe, and a modern bathroom with power rain showers.