Princess Haifa donates paintings to help blind

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PROMOTING ART: Abdullah Sadiq Dahlan, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Business and Technology visits the exhibition in the presences of Prince Faisal bin Sultan bin Nasser Al-Saud and Walid Ghazi.
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Painting of Yemeni poet Al-Bardouni.
Updated 25 June 2016
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Princess Haifa donates paintings to help blind

JEDDAH: An art exhibition for disabled people entitled "See" involving 30 prominent artists from Jeddah was inaugurated by Princess Seeta bint Abdullah at the Saudi Center of Fine Arts on Wednesday.

The exhibition was visited by a large number of royalty, elite Saudi businesswomen and other members of society to support the visually impaired and deaf. More than 30 artists of different technical arts schools and institutes displayed around 60 works throughout the five-day exhibition.
The aim of the exhibition was to support social causes and promote art, bringing different segments of society together on one platform to remind us all of our social responsibility toward people with special needs in society.
Princess Seeta, Princess Haifa bint Abdullah and others toured the exhibition and expressed their deep admiration for the works that the artists put on show.
Princess Haifa donated 15 paintings. The proceeds from the event will go to the Ebsar Foundation for the visually impaired in Jeddah.
Aisha Natto, a member of the Ebsar Foundation, said that a number of famous artists presented their works at the exhibition to support the cause and activities of the organization, and to help the visually impaired and deaf as part of their social responsibility work.
Abdullah Sadiq Dahlan, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Business and Technology, also visited the exhibition along with Prince Faisal bin Sultan bin Nasser Al-Saud and Walid Ghazi.
Dahlan said that such events should be supported and linked with charities to support cultural and artistic displays. He also praised the efforts of the organizers and artists who participated in the exhibition.
The exhibition benefited from the support of top artists including Hana Hijazi, Abdel Azim, Sultan Al-Nasir, among others.


High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

Updated 18 June 2019
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High-level investment forum aims to further boost business between Saudi Arabia and Japan

  • Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners

TOKYO: More than 300 government, investment and industry leaders on Monday took part in a high-level gathering aimed at further boosting business opportunities between Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) welcomed key figures from the public and private sectors to the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum, held in Tokyo.

Hosted in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), the conference focused on the creation of investment opportunities in strategic sectors of the Kingdom. Delegates also discussed key reforms currently underway to enable easier market access for foreign companies.

Speaking at the event, Saudi Economy and Planning Minister Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, said: “Today’s forum is a testimony to the success of the strategic direction set by the Saudi-Japanese Vision 2030 two years ago, which seeks to drive private-sector involvement, both by partnering with public-sector entities.”

SAGIA Gov. Ibrahim Al-Omar said: “At SAGIA, we have been working on creating a more attractive and favorable business environment in Saudi Arabia, which is making it easier for foreign companies to access opportunities in the Kingdom.”

Japan is one of Saudi Arabia’s most important economic partners. It is the Kingdom’s second-largest source of foreign capital and third-biggest trading partner, with total trade exceeding $39 billion.

JETRO president, Yasushi Akahoshi, said: “Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 has made great progress since it was first announced. Under this strategic initiative, the number of cooperative projects between our two countries has nearly doubled, from 31 to 61, and represents a diverse range of sectors and stakeholders.”

Since 2016, the Saudi government has delivered 45 percent of more than 500 planned reforms, including the introduction of 100 percent foreign ownership rights, enhancing legal infrastructure and offering greater protection for shareholders.

As a result, the Kingdom has climbed international competitiveness and ease-of-doing-business rankings, with foreign direct investment inflows increasing by 127 percent in 2018 and the number of new companies entering Saudi Arabia rising by 70 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first quarter of 2019.