Jeddah International Trade Fair 2017 attracts global companies

JCCI Secretary-General Hassan Dahlan inaugurated the 29th annual Jeddah International Trade Fair (JITF) on Monday.
Updated 25 November 2017

Jeddah International Trade Fair 2017 attracts global companies

JCCI Secretary-General Hassan Dahlan inaugurated the 29th annual Jeddah International Trade Fair (JITF) at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events on Monday. The event ran until Thursday.
The Jeddah International Trade Fair 2017, organized by Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE), brought together a multitude of products and services from major international suppliers including national pavilions from China, Morocco, Egypt and Indonesia and individual companies from the UAE, India and Saudi Arabia. A wide range of multi-sector products such as clothing, fashion wear, textiles, leather goods, home décor accessories, appliances, information technology and many more were on display.
“ACE is proud to host the Jeddah International Trade Fair for the 29th year. It is the only multi-sectoral event that is organized in the Kingdom allowing countries from around the world to display a wide array of products and service,” said Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of ACE.
More than 100 top Chinese companies offering over 500 products and competitive prices attended the exhibition. The main products included building material, textiles, food, electrical products, auto parts, machinery and consumer goods.


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”