Markaz Knowledge City to open new vistas in education

Work under progress at Markaz Knowledge City in Kerala.
Updated 20 March 2019
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Markaz Knowledge City to open new vistas in education

Non-resident Indians in Saudi Arabia, especially those from the South Indian state of Kerala, are looking forward to the opening of Markaz Knowledge City, an integrated township project in India, which includes education, entrepreneurship, health and culture. It is scheduled to open to the public in 2020. 

According to a statement by Markaz Knowledge City Managing Director Dr. Abdul Hakim Azhari, several world leaders, academics and entrepreneurs will attend the opening ceremonies.

This upcoming city in Kerala contains more than a dozen projects in the educational, commercial, health and cultural sectors, which focus mainly on the developmental potential of the country as well as establishing world-class human capital and infrastructure. The construction work on Markaz Knowledge City began in 2012 and some of its major institutions are already open, including Unani Medical College, the Law College, the School of Islamic Studies and Modern Sciences, the Foundation for Research and Development, the IDEL Leadership School and the Center for the Studies of Commerce and Management.

This year its major health project, Tigris Valley Wellness Center for Traditional Unani Medicine will open in April; the Alif Global School with an international standard curriculum and syllabus opens in June; and a new block for the Center for Islamic Studies will be inaugurated in July. Additionally, the International Exhibition Center will open in September, the FEZ Inn Hotel and Hospitality Project opens in October, and the library and museum in December. One of its most important components, the biggest cultural center in India with a traditional Arab souk, will open in March 2020 and that will mark the grand opening of the Markaz Knowledge City.

The recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India saw bilateral agreements in various developmental sectors, which will ensure more productive results in the country’s business and educational sectors. These will increase the connections between Saudi Arabia and India, leading to greater peace-building efforts in the region.


Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019
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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.