Workshop for development of Historic Jeddah launched in Makkah

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Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy emir of Makkah, on Wednesday launched a workshop for the development of the historical area of Jeddah. (AN Photo)
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Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy emir of Makkah, on Wednesday launched a workshop for the development of the historical area of Jeddah. (AN Photo)
Updated 28 February 2018

Workshop for development of Historic Jeddah launched in Makkah

JEDDAH: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy emir of Makkah, on Wednesday launched a workshop for the development of the historical area of Jeddah.
The workshop took place in cooperation with 21 bodies, including the province’s development agency; Jeddah Municipality; and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Its aim was to encourage owners of historic buildings to properly maintain and improve them, to increase their value in regard to the Saudi government’s vision for the preservation and development of culturally significant heritage areas.
The workshop incorporated discussions about strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors to implement investment initiatives in the historical area of Jeddah, how to remove obstacles to best facilitate investors’ work, and how to support investment in the development of the area and in its various events and festivals.
It also reviewed the aspirations of owners and investors, the government’s plans for the area’s development, attractive investment opportunities, and events held in Historic Jeddah.
Participants were divided into eight groups, and they showcased their proposed development plans.
Jeddah Municipality presented a worksheet on the province’s road network and its own development plans for different parts of the province.
The Traffic Department highlighted traffic obstacles in Historic Jeddah and proposed solutions to ensure fewer traffic jams and develop pedestrian-friendly areas. It also stressed the need to provide alternative means of transportation to limit traffic congestion.
The General Directorate of Civil Defense discussed the potential health and safety hazards and plans that need to be implemented to alleviate risk.
Finally, SCTH showcased its efforts and future plans to develop the historical area, as well as its documentation and restoration efforts.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.