Sayidaty launches café at Dubai’s City Walk

Sayidaty Café at City Walk in Dubai will be a melting pot for anyone interested in the fashion, style and services sectors.
Updated 06 May 2019
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Sayidaty launches café at Dubai’s City Walk

Sayidaty, a weekly Arabic and monthly English women’s magazine, opened its first coffee shop — Sayidaty Café — on April 29 at City Walk in Dubai.
The opening ceremony coincided with the 8th edition of Arab Fashion Week. The event was attended by prominent personalities from the Arab Fashion Council, the UAE-based holding company Meraas and umbrella company Umdasch Group, as well as public figures and journalists from various Arab and international media outlets.
Sayidaty Café, located in building 1422, is a new project that underlines the diversity of the Sayidaty magazine and website, which operate under the Saudi Research and Marketing Group.
Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, editor in chief of Sayidaty and Arrajol magazines, said the café will be “an exceptional platform with fresh and innovative facilities for intellectuals and elites.”
The multifunctional venue will host seminars, and serve as a film set for programs and a space for introducing new projects.
“It will be a melting pot for everyone and anyone interested in the fashion, style and services sectors, an original concept in the Middle East and North Africa region,” Al-Harthi said.
“We are delighted that the Sayidaty Café project was launched a week after the About Her Global Forum, which was held at George Washington University. In recent years, Sayidaty was able to introduce and integrate a new concept in the media scene with the provision of services through content usage, and the forging of various economic and social partnerships for expanding prospects,” he added.
Highlighting the achievements of the print magazine, he said: “It was the first Arabic publication to be featured on a daily show — Rotana Al-Khalijia, the first to launch an e-commerce website (Al-Mall), and the only outlet that pioneered an economic partnership with the National Commercial Bank, aiming to discover and support young female entrepreneurs. This is in addition to producing and presenting the live fashion coverage Arabic series ‘Front Row’ on Twitter, and most recently, becoming the most-followed Arabic publication on Instagram.”
Al-Harthi thanked the project’s partners, namely, the Arab Fashion Council, Meraas and Umdasch Group.
Jacob Abrian, founder and CEO of the Arab Fashion Council, who attended the opening ceremony, said: “The 1422 is our gift to all women. Not only does it contain the finest choices of high-end evening dresses, ready-to-wear clothes, accessories, cosmetics, luxury perfumes and high-tech gadgets, but now, people can enjoy a special culinary experience at Sayidaty café. With its unique design and integrated technology, this venue provides a perfect platform to host a full-length fashion week featuring designer creations from all around the world. It will be the official platform of the Arab Fashion Week, where customers can shop directly from the catwalk.”


360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019
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360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.