Traditional art workshops on offer in Jeddah Season

Around 45 workshops will take place starting from June 8 until the end of the season at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts.
Updated 12 June 2019
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Traditional art workshops on offer in Jeddah Season

The Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Jeddah is a center for artisanship, architectural discourse and heritage preservation, established in 2015 by Art Jameel. The center has a one-year craft and design program designed and delivered by the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts.

Various workshops in partnership with the school of traditional arts include geometry, ceramic, introduction to gypsum carvings and Nabati design, thus introducing families and children, first-timers and experienced artists to the traditional arts and rich heritage of Jeddah’s historic district — Al-Balad. 

Around 45 workshops will take place starting from June 8 until the end of the season at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts as part of the Historic Jeddah Season daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

More details can be found at www.livehjseason.com


Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

Updated 26 June 2019
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Gaming giant Tencent Games picks Dubai for MENA headquarters

DUBAI: China’s Tencent Games has chosen Dubai as regional headquarters for its Middle East and North Africa operations, with Dubai Internet City housing the gaming giant’s office.

Tencent Games was launched in 2003 and has since grown into a global platform for game development, publishing and operation. Its ownership stakes and alliances with many major video game companies includes Fornite, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, Riot Games, Supercell and Take-Two Interactive Software.

The opening of Tencent Games’ regional headquarter is an indication of increased activities in the local and regional games industry which covers digital entertainment, education and cultural experiences, a statement said.

According to market research firm Newzoo, the revenue of the UAE games sector is estimated at $324 million (1.2 billion dirhams) in 2019. Furthermore, over 80 percent of smartphone users in the UAE play mobile games, it said.

The UAE has the highest mobile penetration rate in the world at 173 per cent – nearly double the country’s population, according to a report by Statista released in late 2018. This is a considerable figure and represents a wealth of opportunities for game developers, with revenues from mobile games representing more than half the income generated in the entire industry.

“Gaming moves beyond entertainment and is increasingly used to engage and educate, and as more gamers and creative enthusiasts enter the industry, we can certainly expect the market to develop rapidly in the coming years,” Ammar Al-Malik, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource City said.

Vincent Wang, general manager of the Global Publishing Department at Tencent Games, said: “The UAE’s high mobile and internet penetration is an extremely encouraging indicator for tech firms across the world, and is especially relevant to the global games industry.”