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.


Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019
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Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.