New ‘German Desk’ to be set up at Jeddah chamber

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Delegate of German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) have signed an agreement to establish a “German Desk” at the JCCI.
Updated 17 July 2019

New ‘German Desk’ to be set up at Jeddah chamber

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and the Delegate of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) have signed an agreement to establish a “German Desk” at the JCCI.

GESALO, the official representative of the German industry in the Kingdom, will staff the desk with a professional trade expert. GESALO is part of the network of German chambers abroad and has been operating in the Kingdom as a not-for-profit entity for more than 40 years.

JCCI President Mohammad Naghi welcomed the Jeddah-based “German Desk.” 

Oliver Oehms, GESALO delegate, said the “German Desk” would add to the efforts of the main office in Riyadh and the “German Desk” in Dammam. 

“Personal contacts matter. Therefore, our expectations are high that the presence of full-time staff will take the bilateral business relations to a new level,” he said. 

German Consul General in Jeddah Holger Ziegeler said: “German companies have a lot to offer to their Saudi Arabian counterparts. This is true especially for the many specialized medium-sized champions or Mittelstand companies.”

One of the first tasks of the new “German Desk” will be to organize an incoming delegation of German CEOs from the logistics sector.


Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Updated 19 August 2019

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Al-Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist Oman Expeditions, this offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. 

Set between a relaxing stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and long, empty beaches. Southern Oman is said to be an uncharted destination and one of the only places where the true culture of old Arabia is still alive.

Drawing on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these new experiences weave in the rich, traditional heritage and magnificent natural environment of the region to create rare and memorable expeditions for resort guests while continuing to provide the luxury and comfort they desire. 

A former officer in the British Royal Marines and Royal Army of Oman’s Desert Regiment, Nelson has been nominated annually for the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012. A leading private travel specialist, he is renowned for his rich and varied experience of the country. Before setting up Oman Expeditions, Nelson founded Hud Hud Travels in 2006, Oman’s northern-based provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. 

Traveling via luxury 4x4 vehicles, a sample itinerary would include two nights camping with three days of various activities. Guests may choose to venture deep into the most remote parts of the world’s largest sand desert to find peace and solitude amidst magnificent sweeping dunes reaching up to 200 meters in the Empty Quarter. For a seaside option, guests can camp on a stretch of wild and secluded beach along the Dhofar coastline where they will encounter an array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and coastal bird life as well as swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water 30 meters from their tent. In the foothills of the Dhofar mountains, guests can step back in time on a trek with camels along the same ancient frankincense trading routes that these prized animals have been following for over 2,000 years.

Oman Expeditions also brings together Dhofar’s top local contacts from guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have traveled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.