Jeddah to host multi-sectoral trade expo

The event will be held at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from Nov. 20-23.
Updated 15 November 2017

Jeddah to host multi-sectoral trade expo

Over 200 local and international companies will participate in the 29th Jeddah International Trade Fair (JITF), which will be held at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events from Nov. 20-23.
The four-day annual event will bring together a wide range of multi-sector products, clothing, fashion wear, textiles, leather goods, home décor accessories, appliances and much more.
This year, the show is dominated by international participation with national pavilions from China, Morocco, Indonesia, Egypt and individual companies from India and the UAE. The event, held in a venue spanning 2,000-square-meters, provides opportunities for Saudi companies to have agencies, distributorships, dealerships and joint venture agreements with their international counterparts.
Zahoor Siddique, vice president of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), organizers of the event, said the fair offers endless opportunities for both investors and exhibitors to help enhance the ever-growing Saudi franchise market.
He said: “It offers a unique exposition for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and users of a wide range of goods and services as well as opportunities for investment and trade promotions.”
JITF 2017 is in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 seeking to identify all general directions, policies, goals and objectives of the Kingdom and whose aim is to grant the country a leading position in all fields. It aims to ultimately enhance the level and quality of services provided to beneficiaries to achieve a prosperous future and a sustainable development.
The fair is held concurrently with “Textiles Arabia,” the fourth textiles expo and a leading trade fair for all kinds of textiles, fabrics and materials.
JITF serves as an annual meeting point for international and regional franchisers, entrepreneurs, agents, and business owners either seeking face-to-face interaction with investors, or establishing long-term connections with potential franchisees.
The show timings are from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.


UAQ, Alinma close real estate fund at $4.5bn

Updated 07 December 2019

UAQ, Alinma close real estate fund at $4.5bn

Umm Alqura Company for Development and Construction (UAQ) and Alinma Investment Company announced the successful completion of the launch of the Makkah Real Estate Development Funds, with an investment value exceeding SR17 billion ($4.5 billion). 

The funds are invested in seven hotel towers and two commercial complexes that will be developed within the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project in Makkah. It is one of the most significant developmental and urban development projects in the Makkah region. The project includes multiple options including housing and shopping, and provides easy mobility and means of transportation between the project facilities and the central area of the Holy Mosque.    

Yasser Abuateek, CEO of UAQ, said: “This strategic agreement is the first of several diverse investment activities designed to attract leading investment institutions. It confirms the appeal of investing in KAAR, an attractive destination for long-term investments, as well as the trust of the investment and financing community.

“This partnership also sheds light on the strength of Alinma Investment and its success in managing real estate funds, which makes it the ideal partner for implementing the project’s development and urban plan. The project aspires to become one of the modern landmarks in Makkah.”

Abuateek added: “By successfully attracting investments valued at SR17 billion, we will make progress in line with the execution plan for several diverse projects, especially since we have already reached several major milestones, including completion of the pouring and construction of all the concrete blocks for the Makkah Metro tunnels, while in addition we have completed nearly 50 percent of the bridges. Currently, we are working on completing all the unprecedented infrastructure projects that followed the demolition phase, which represent a transformation in the investment, development and preparation of the project’s lands, making it more attractive for development and creating new choices that help upgrade the quality of life for Makkah visitors and residents.”

Acting CEO of Alinma Investment Mazin bin Fawaz Baghdadi said: “We are very happy with the success of the Alinma Real Estate Development Funds together with our partner UAQ. This investment, with the large sum of capital, will play a major role in fulfilling the objectives of the finance sector, while our partnership will contribute to increasing the capacity to accommodate pilgrims and visitors through implementing urban developmental projects in the Makkah region.”

“The funds’ investment objective is to achieve long-term capital growth through the development of the superstructure in various parts of the King Abdul Aziz Road project in Makkah, which are: Five-star international hotels (Taj Hotel and Kempinski Hotel), four-star hotels (Hilton Embassy), three-star hotels (Hilton Garden Inn), apartments (Kempinski Residence), and two malls,” added Baghdadi.