Saudi building and interiors exhibition opens in Jeddah

Ziad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), inaugurated the four-day exhibition at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events.
Updated 19 March 2019

Saudi building and interiors exhibition opens in Jeddah

The 28th edition of Saudi Building & Interiors Exhibition (SBIE) 2019 began in Jeddah on Monday.

Ziad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), inaugurated the four-day exhibition at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, in the presence of Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), dignitaries, representatives of private sector organizations and entrepreneurs.

The 2019 edition is organized by ACE and over 300 local and international companies from China, the guest country, Bahrain, France, Italy and Lebanon are taking part.

The four-day exhibition is showcasing products related to building materials and hardware, climate control, construction equipment and tools, electricity and lighting, environmental conservation, marble, granite and stone technology, safety, security and fire prevention, water technology and waste management. Interior designs, products related to hotels and leisure, office environment, outdoors and landscape design, schools and hospitals, shopping malls and restaurants, and residential areas are also exhibited in this show.

Organizers expect visitor numbers to increase by over 5,000 during the four-day show.

Alongside SBIE, Furnidex Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s 4th International Exhibition for Furniture, Furnishings, Hometex & Décor, Revac Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s 2nd International Exhibition for Refrigeration, Ventilation & Heating Exhibition and Glass, Wood and Surface Design Arabia, and Saudi Arabia’s 2nd International Exhibition for Glass,Wood, Stone and Surface Exhibition will be held concurrently.

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019

Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.