Saudi govt. approves board members of General Entertainment Authority

Updated 01 January 2017

Saudi govt. approves board members of General Entertainment Authority

The Council of Ministers of the government of Saudi Arabia has approved the appointment of the board of the General Entertainment Authority.
Commenting on the appointment of the board, Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb, chairman of the board of the General Entertainment Authority, said: “This is a significant milestone in the development of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority.
“In addition to the esteemed members of our board, who have already made a valuable contribution to Saudi public life, we are particularly delighted to welcome international experts who will further help us in our aim of both developing and investing in the burgeoning Saudi entertainment industry. We have made progress in recent months and there will be much more delivery over the next year.
“In line with the goals set out by Vision 2030, we will strive to provide the Saudi people with quality entertainment choices, building and supporting an entertainment sector for everyone in Saudi Arabia. With our board now formally in place, the next step is to move ahead with strategies that help nurture entertainment in all its forms, while also seeking to safeguard our precious cultural heritage.”

The Board of the General Entertainment Authority is as follows:
• Dr. Majid Al-Qassabi: Minister of Commerce and Investment in Saudi Arabia
• Fahad Mohammed Al-Jubair: Mayor of the Eastern Province
• Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel: Chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel
• Lama Abdulaziz Al-Sulaiman: Former vice chairwoman and board member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry
• Mousa Omran Al-Omran: General manager of West Bakeries Company, and independent director of Al-Marai
• Bandar Mohammed Assiri: Head of General Commission for Audio-visual Media
• Joe Zenas: Chief executive officer at Thinkwell
• Jonathan Tétrault: Executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Cirque du Soleil
• Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb, Chairman of the board of the General Entertainment Authority

The board will meet quarterly.
Amr Al-Madani, the founder and former chief executive officer of Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy, has also been appointed chief executive officer.
Al-Madani will be responsible for day-to-day operations, and for establishing the General Entertainment Authority as a supporter, promoter and regulator of the entertainment industry across Saudi Arabia.

Largest Huawei store opens in Eastern Province

Updated 08 December 2019

Largest Huawei store opens in Eastern Province

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Company has just launched its biggest Huawei Experience Store in Dammam in the Eastern Province. This announcement comes in line with Huawei’s strategy of increasing overall investment in the Kingdom and bringing its products even closer to consumers. The new store will provide the latest products of Huawei that meet the consumers’ needs and requirements. 

Bill Yu, vice president of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Company, said: “We are honored to open Huawei’s biggest Experience Store in the Eastern Province, which is our way of demonstrating our commitment to the Saudi market and our appreciation for the consumers here in Saudi. This Experience Store launched at a time in which consumers here are asking for more innovative flagship products from Huawei. We are confident they also want to learn more about these products that swept the global market and competed fiercely to be the best.”

He added: “Huawei has been working tirelessly to constantly provide our consumers with the best possible experience. This new store in the Eastern Province allows us to expand our reach in Saudi Arabia and truly create value for users. We will continue to build on our success in the market and continue our expansion.” 

Yu said: “Huawei has been in the Saudi market for many years, and we are proud of the achievements Huawei had done in Saudi Arabia during these years and especially this year. This success would never have seen the light without the cooperation of our clients and partners in the Saudi market.

“Year after year, we have been constantly working toward launching and providing products that fit all types of tastes and meet all needs of our users in the Saudi market. We have had their needs and demands in mind to be the main engine that drives the company’s growth in the Kingdom.” 

The Huawei Experience Store will be run by highly trained Saudi youth. In a statement, Huawei said it is confident that the Saudi market’s appreciation of the Huawei brand will increase with the energy, passion and determination of such young talents. The company said the new store provides a unique opportunity for Huawei’s users to enjoy amazing experiences when visiting.