Monsha’at and UBT list SME consultants

The four-day program included 25 delegates from Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Madinah, Yanbu and Jazan.
Updated 15 April 2018

Monsha’at and UBT list SME consultants

The Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority (Monsha’at) partnered with the University of Business and Technology (UBT) in Jeddah to certify accredited small and medium enterprise consultants in line with Vision 2030.

Organized by UBT Continuing Education Center (CEC), and delivered by Dr. Richard Weinberger, CEO of the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants (AASBC) based in the US, the four-day program included 25 delegates from the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Madinah, Yanbu and Jazan.

The professional training program covered 15 themes. They were small business and SME today; general financial statement review; revenue and expense review; asset and liability review; ratio analysis, SWOT analysis; operations management; strategic planning; budgets and forecasts; internal controls; marketing and branding; business organizations; financing; risk assessment and fraud deterrence; and marketing consulting practice.

In addition to the membership benefits of AASBC, the delegates who passed the online certification exam with success the certification exam online were awarded the title Accredited SME Consultant.

UBT CEC Director Dr. Amir Dhia said that the program, which was subsidized by Monsha’at, included a rich and diverse group of practitioners from the sectors of banking, finance, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business consultants. 

Small and medium enterprises contribute only 20 percent to the GDP in the Kingdom compared to 70 percent of some economies. Despite the efforts to improve the quality of the business environment, small enterprises in the Kingdom continue to suffer from a complexity of regulatory and administrative procedures, slow capacity, poor capacity to attract talents, and difficulty in obtaining funding.  The proportion of funding for small and medium enterprises is only five percent of the total funding, which is a small proportion compared to global rates. 

The Monsha’at aims to develop, enable, and advocate for SMEs to thrive, in collaboration with strategic partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors.


Almosafer unveils ‘Winter at Tantora’ packages

Updated 23 October 2019

Almosafer unveils ‘Winter at Tantora’ packages

With preparations in full swing for the second edition of Winter at Tantora, Almosafer, the flagship brand of Seera Group’s consumer travel business unit, has announced a host of event packages especially designed for fans preparing to attend the second season between Dec. 19 and March 7, 2020.

Winter At Tantora is coming back to the historic site of AlUla, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, and will feature a rich calendar of weekly cultural events, equine and events, celebrity performances by some of the world’s greatest musicians. This year, the global event will be supported by Seera Group, a provider of travel and tourism services, which has been appointed as the key destination management company (DMC) to offer travel bookings, hotel stays, car rentals and added-value experiences for guests from around the world.

Almosafer, an omni-channel travel brand in Saudi Arabia, will market “Winter at Tantora” extensively across social media and other communication channels and offer visitors an extensive range of package options including accommodation, flights, transportation and ancillary services for both weekend visits or one-day options. Visitors are also offered one-on-one personal consultation with travel advisers across Almosafer’s retail network in the Kingdom.

Travelers will get to choose between three different package category options — Gold, Platinum and Diamond — which include return flights, hotel accommodation, as well as airport transfers and a visit to AlUla heritage sites. The event packages also differ depending on the length of stay. Festival goers can either opt for a one-day weekend package or extended stay, depending on the number of concerts and activities they would like to experience at Winter at Tantora.

To enhance their itinerary, travelers can complement their standard packages with additional activity bundles that offer a variety of bucket-list activities such as: Sunset and sunrise hot air balloon rides, vintage aircraft flights, as well as several unique gastronomy experiences. 

Winter at Tantora will bring 12 weekends of wonder to the AlUla oasis, inspired by its spectacular scenery. Home to archaeological treasures, natural beauty and magnificent monuments that span millennia, AlUla is set on the ancient incense route between Southern Arabia and Egypt. It became a hub of commercial and cultural exchange because a lush oasis valley ran through it, creating an ideal environment for civilizations to flourish.

Providing hotel booking options for over 1.5 million properties around the globe, flight bookings on over 450 airlines and complete holiday packages, Almosafer boasts various convenienat booking solutions for any type of travel needs.