Sweden to train female Saudi entrepreneurs

Swedish business delegates in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 26 October 2017

Sweden to train female Saudi entrepreneurs

RIYADH: Sweden will train female Saudi entrepreneurs under a new agreement signed on the sidelines of the first Saudi-Swedish Joint Committee meeting in Riyadh early this week.
The agreement was inked by Ghassan Ahmed Al-Sulaiman, governor of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and Annika Rembe, director general of the Swedish Institute in the presence of Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi and Swedish Minister of Trade Ann Linde, who visited the capital to attend the joint committee meeting.
According to a diplomat from the Swedish Embassy in Riyadh, under the training program, initially 20 Saudi female entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the program. These programs will be carried out both here and in Sweden according to the nature of the programs.
During the opening session of the Saudi-Swedish Joint Committee, Al-Qassabi stressed the need to build bridges of fruitful and constructive cooperation between the two countries. “Having strong relations and common interests between Saudi Arabia and Sweden is an important incentive for increasing trade and economic relations, and for developing joint ties among the business communities in both countries,” he added.
“The rapid changes in global conditions and the transformations based on advanced and modern technology have made it important for Saudi Arabia to adopt Vision 2030, which is based on a diversified economy and an open market. It is imperative for us to work together with our partners around the world to achieve our common goals and interests,” the minister said.
“This is a great advantage for further cooperation to develop trade and investment, and for realizing the aspirations of the leaders of the two countries,” Al-Qassabi noted.
Linde praised the achievements of the Kingdom in the last decades at all levels, especially in the fields of infrastructure, health, education and others, stressing the desire of the Swedish private sector to build business and investment partnerships with the Kingdom.
During a visit to the Swedish Embassy, Linde inaugurated the solar panels that now provide energy to the entire embassy and residence, which will decrease their emissions by 540 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The buildings of the mission used 110,000-120,000 kWh per year. “The solar panels installed will produce approximately 142,000 kWh per year, covering the needs for the embassy buildings and charging two batteries for use during the nights and cloudy days,” the official said.

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 12 min 55 sec ago

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.


GEA president Turki Al-Sheikh gave an opening speech: “Our dearest people, in the beginning of this season, we welcome you and our guests in Riyadh.

“I want to share a story with you all; once upon a time, I was from a middle-class family. My mother and father would gather both their salaries to have us travel to see the world, and then we would stay in Riyadh for a year. These were our capabilities (at the time) and there was nothing to do in Riyadh. Who would've thought that we’d see all of this in Riyadh, and in our beloved country?

“This wouldn't have been possible without -of course Allah first- a person who has the qualities and vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He tweeted: “Riyadh traffic police estimated we have exceeded 600K which means ten times the capacity.”

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.

The parade had a special surprise; the appearance of DJ Carnage who took to the stage dressed in complete Saudi attire and performed his successful electronic show.

The musician also took to Twitter to celebrate the night and how he had had a hand in “making history,” tweeting: “A huge thank you to @Turki_alalshikh  ..... what you did for your country last night... was so special... thank you for having me... we made history.”