Security sector in KSA lures global companies

Updated 17 July 2016
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Security sector in KSA lures global companies

JEDDAH: Approximately 125 global companies in security services are providing solutions to the Saudi business sector in the light of the growing demand for security, safety services and protection from fires.
“Saudi budgetary allocations for security across municipal, health, infrastructural, transport and construction sectors are increasing. This is why the world’s companies are targeting the Saudi market,” Mowfaq Alharithi, chairman of Alharithi Exhibition Company, said: “This is why there are many discussions being had these days between local Saudi investors and global companies,” he added.
The volume of expenditure on these products in the world business sector is expected to reach $15 billion by 2018, according to the US Homeland Research Group. Saudi Arabia, he said, will hold a specialized exhibit in security services in May with the participation of companies from 25 countries.
Ahmad Powlis, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said that the Kingdom is considered one of the major growth markets for security services, including its safety infrastructure protection as well as commercial and petrochemical activities.
He said there is a lot of demand from various Saudi sectors on security and technical products which will benefit banks, hospitals, industrial sites and much more, offering solutions for entry monitoring with cameras, among other things. He said that Messe Frankfurt Middle East seeks to increase its market share in Saudi Arabia.
The Interior Ministry has also called for the redevelopment of its protection systems to safeguard its development. Statistics show that the number of workers in security guard companies already surpassed 12,000.
Internal regulations for the Interior Ministry states that security guards must be of Saudi nationality and must work for 8-hour a day, according to Article 148 of the Labor Law with contracts to register them in social insurance.
The security guards in the Kingdom are seen as some of the most dynamic security personnel in the world, offering their services at companies, markets, malls, offices, NGOs and housing complexes. Indeed, the demand for them is growing by 40 percent every year due to terror attacks in Saudi cities.
The Saudi security services market sector has a value of $2.6 billion, and caters to 60 percent of the demand from the government sector, according to Asharq Alawsat.


Sharqiah Season: What to expect this weekend?

Updated 21 March 2019
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Sharqiah Season: What to expect this weekend?

RIYADH: A bumper program of entertainment is being lined up in the Eastern Province for the biggest weekend yet of Sharqiah Season.

Concerts, a film festival, and a spectacular air race are just some of the events due to take place in the region as part of attractions for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom.

The action gets underway with the fifth annual Saudi Film Festival taking place from March 21 to 26 at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran.

Organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in Dammam, in partnership with Ithra, the movie fest will honor Saudi and Gulf cinema figures and include 10 training workshops and 10 seminars.

The festival aims to promote opportunities for Saudi talent in the film industry and flicks from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman will be included among screenings.

All participating films will be shown during the event, and there will be a Golden Palm award for best documentary about a Saudi city and best poster (based on audience voting). A winners’ presentation will take place at the closing ceremony, after which the films will be screened at the Ithra center.

Tickets can be purchased via Ithra’s website, with options for single-day, four-day, and VIP passes.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited Red Bull Air Race demo comes to Dammam from March 21 to 23. The event, organized along with the General Sports Authority, will provide spectators with a warm-up taster for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019 season finale, to be held in Saudi Arabia in November.

The air-racing competition, developed in 2003 and accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is billed as “the most advanced aerial challenge in existence.”

Using the fastest, most agile, high-performance race planes, pilots fly just meters from the ground and against the clock to complete an obstacle course full of twists and turns. The air spectacular takes off at Dammam Corniche between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Saturday will also see the highly anticipated Color Run come to the South Alkhobar Corniche. The 5-km dash involves participants being doused with colored powder at the end of every kilometer. Runners start dressed all in white and emerge at the end of the run covered in the colors of the General Entertainment Authority’s logo.

The untimed run takes place between 5 a.m. and noon and rest areas offering refreshments and entertainment will be available between stops.

For concert fans the Asharqiah Music Festival will feature performances by major names at Dammam’s Life Park. US rapper Pitbull and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 will take to the stage on March 21, and March 22 will witness performances by Egyptian vocalist Amr Diab, US-Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Akon.

Lovers of regional music are not left out, with appearances by Assala Nasri and Mutrif Al-Mutrif on March 22, and Nabil Shuail and Hatem Al-Iraqi on March 23, all at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Center in Al-Qatif.

Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment planned for 2019, will run until the end of the month with more than 83 different events scheduled across nine cities in the region.