Sigma Paints appoints Saleh Al-Zahrani as Middle East GM

Saleh Al-Zahrani, Sigma Paints general manager for Middle East
Updated 02 August 2017

Sigma Paints appoints Saleh Al-Zahrani as Middle East GM

Sigma Paints has announced the appointment of Saleh Al-Zahrani as the company’s new general manger for the Middle East.
“Al-Zahrani’s appointment will play a critical role in supporting Sigma Paints’ continual growth strategy and driving its leadership position in the paints and coatings market, which is reinforced through strategic business plans, increased technology and innovation, and talent investment,” a press release said.
Al-Zahrani’s primary objective in his new role is to increase the company’s customer portfolio across its extensive range of architectural, protective coatings and specialty paints products and services. Additionally, he will drive and support the sales and business relationship management teams.
“Al-Zahrani comes with a wealth of experience and outstanding credentials in delivering growth strategies and exploring untapped latent market opportunities. Al-Zahrani will bring focus and experience to our activities in architectural and protective coatings markets. These are the core market segments that Sigma Paints is committed to growing in the Middle East,” the press release added.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Al-Zahrani has previously held senior roles in several organizations.
He said: “Sigma Paints is a leading global company that is synonymous with creating innovative solutions, tailor-made for its customers regardless of their size, structure or industry sector. As a local manufacturer of paints and coatings products, we will focus on developing and supporting products that meet the demands of the market. With recent investment in our manufacturing capacity and local research and development facilities we are well-positioned to support the needs of our customers.
“Drawing on my previous experiences, I will continue to work closely with our dedicated channel network and sales team to help implement strategies to support our continued success, explore new sectors, attract new customers and increase our footprint.”
Sigma Paints was launched in 1981 in Dammam, wherein four Saudi businessmen joined forces with Sigma Coatings. After numerous mergers and acquisitions, the company has grown over the years as a force in the architectural, marine, protective and packaging market segments in the Middle East.

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Updated 10 August 2020

d3 to host Dubai’s first architecture festival in November

Dubai Design District (d3) will host the inaugural d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter (RIBA Gulf Chapter), establishing the emirate’s first platform to showcase regional architecture, urbanism and sustainable development.

The inaugural edition of the festival is set to run from Nov. 11 to 13 on the sidelines of Dubai Design Week, held under the patronage of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.

Curated with Juan Roldan, associate professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah, under the theme “Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf,” the festival will celebrate the achievements of architecture companies in d3, Dubai and the wider GCC region.

Showcasing landmark regional architectural projects, the event will host a series of talks to steer the Middle East toward a more sustainable future, and invite designers, architects and the general public to participate in daily charrettes. Dubai’s first architecture festival will kick off with an opening reception at Building 6, d3, on Nov. 11.

Khadija Al-Bastaki, executive director of d3, said: “Dubai has long been known as an architectural playground and the emirate’s limitless ambition has found expression in its ever-evolving skyline. As we carry on the process of rebuilding in the post-COVID-19 world, our relationship with the built and natural world has never been more important.

“In line with this priority, and recognizing that d3 has become a hub for the Middle East’s architecture community, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter. While offering a platform for critical reflection on social, cultural and economic issues, it will also provide opportunities for new talent and bring the design community together to champion Dubai and the UAE as a hub for knowledge, creativity and innovation.”

RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Managing Partner of AMA Andy Shaw added: “The exhibition will feature models, drawings and projects from the most exciting architects working in the Gulf, such as Binchy and Binchy and Anarchitect who are founded by RIBA members. This event is a celebration of what has been achieved by architects in the region and, more importantly, what is to come from the emerging generation of local companies and graduating students.”