Saudi official: Entertainment sector could create 200,000 jobs, billions in profit

People are seen at Riyadh Park mall during the opening of a cinema, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia April 30, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 02 March 2019
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Saudi official: Entertainment sector could create 200,000 jobs, billions in profit

  • The GEA would build new partnerships with private companies, and create seven new entertainment venues in Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh and the Eastern Province

JEDDAH: The CEO of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Amr bin Ahmed Banaja, has claimed that Jeddah is a fertile region for private sphere investment in the leisure and entertainment industries.

“The GEA has sought to provide the necessary infrastructure for developing new entertainment and sports activities,” he told guests at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 75th anniversary celebration, stressing that potential entertainment revenues in the city could reach SR 30 billion ($8 billion) and create up to 200,000 jobs by 2030.

He reminded the audience that the GEA was a legislative body, however, and not an executive authority. It would be up to the private sector to create the opportunities for growth.

But, Banaja added, the GEA would build new partnerships with private companies, and create seven new entertainment venues in Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, to give the companies a platform from which to prosper and expand.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.