Expo spotlights luxury watches

Updated 17 April 2018

Expo spotlights luxury watches

Salon des Grandes Complications was officially inaugurated by Prince Faisal bin Nawaf at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel last week. Taking place for the first time in Jeddah from April 9-12, the four-day fine watchmaking exhibition offered a unique and exclusive social platform for horology enthusiasts in Jeddah to gather.

Revered mechanical masterpieces were displayed, encompassing the newest innovations, historial savoir-faire and inimitable craftsmanship. Visitors were invited to delve into the world of haute horology and get up close and personal with timepieces that are among the best in the world, interacting with watchmakers and designers themselves. 

The event included celebrated traditional maisons and niche independent companies such as Armand Nicolet, Armin Strom, Blancpain, Breguet, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Hysek, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Quinting and Vacheron Constantin, and with the support of retailers Alfardan Jewellery, Abdullah Said Binzagr Jewellery and Watches, Al-Hussaini and Platinum Sands.

On wrapping up in Jeddah, the Salon des Grandes Complications will move to Riyadh’s Al-Faisaliah Hotel from April 16-19.

Participating brands have crafted some of the most complicated and highly valued timepieces ever and have between them an array of international accolades.

Salon des Grandes Complications was first launched in the UAE in 2014 and after much success, has taken place every year since — in 2017 also branching out to Saudi Arabia. 

In January, Saudi Arabia was named the 12th largest export market for Swiss watches by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, clearly showing its significance within the industry not only in the Middle East, but on a global level. In 2017, the Kingdom was the second biggest market in the region for Swiss watch exports, with a total value of CHF325.1 million ($349.4 million).

Salon des Grandes Complications is held with the support of the Swiss Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Visa International.


Largest Huawei store opens in Eastern Province

Updated 08 December 2019

Largest Huawei store opens in Eastern Province

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Company has just launched its biggest Huawei Experience Store in Dammam in the Eastern Province. This announcement comes in line with Huawei’s strategy of increasing overall investment in the Kingdom and bringing its products even closer to consumers. The new store will provide the latest products of Huawei that meet the consumers’ needs and requirements. 

Bill Yu, vice president of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Company, said: “We are honored to open Huawei’s biggest Experience Store in the Eastern Province, which is our way of demonstrating our commitment to the Saudi market and our appreciation for the consumers here in Saudi. This Experience Store launched at a time in which consumers here are asking for more innovative flagship products from Huawei. We are confident they also want to learn more about these products that swept the global market and competed fiercely to be the best.”

He added: “Huawei has been working tirelessly to constantly provide our consumers with the best possible experience. This new store in the Eastern Province allows us to expand our reach in Saudi Arabia and truly create value for users. We will continue to build on our success in the market and continue our expansion.” 

Yu said: “Huawei has been in the Saudi market for many years, and we are proud of the achievements Huawei had done in Saudi Arabia during these years and especially this year. This success would never have seen the light without the cooperation of our clients and partners in the Saudi market.

“Year after year, we have been constantly working toward launching and providing products that fit all types of tastes and meet all needs of our users in the Saudi market. We have had their needs and demands in mind to be the main engine that drives the company’s growth in the Kingdom.” 

The Huawei Experience Store will be run by highly trained Saudi youth. In a statement, Huawei said it is confident that the Saudi market’s appreciation of the Huawei brand will increase with the energy, passion and determination of such young talents. The company said the new store provides a unique opportunity for Huawei’s users to enjoy amazing experiences when visiting.