PIF announces 6 ‘Knowledge Partners’ for FII 2018

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second from left, and other panelists at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on Oct. 24, 2017.
Updated 07 August 2018

PIF announces 6 ‘Knowledge Partners’ for FII 2018

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia has unveiled the six “Knowledge Partners” who will lead cross-industry taskforces at the second edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII). The taskforces are interactive workshops on trending topics that offer participants a deep dive into the subject area. They also offer insights into how the trends can be leveraged to create investment opportunities.
The second edition of FII is taking place in Riyadh from Oct. 23-25 and will explore how investment can be used to drive growth opportunities, fuel innovation and shape future economies.
The six Knowledge Partners for FII 2018 are: Deloitte, EY, McKinsey & Company, Oliver Wyman, PwC / Strategy& and The Boston Consulting Group. Each company will bring together senior leaders from business, government and civil society for an in-depth discussion and learning session. The taskforce topics include:
• Cities — Demographic shifts, megacities, industrial shifts, education, design, and partnerships to build a more sustainable future
• Connect — AI-driven autonomous vehicles, corporate investments, and large-scale infrastructure re-imagining the way the world moves
• Culture — The ideas, trends, institutions, and economics driving the future of the global arts and culture industry
• Energy — Large-scale innovations and infrastructure remaking the global power and energy landscape over the next 10 years
• Ethics — How the world’s most successful companies are advocating for social good among institutions and consumers
• Explore — New formulas for developing world-class tourism destinations while preserving national heritage and identity
• Intelligence — Machine learning and cognitive computing that positions smart machines at the center of business and investment decisions
• Life — Breakthrough health-tech innovations and their impact on the future of health care investments
• Media — News, journalism, content, revenue models and the ways that access to information is changing the world
• Money — Transformational technologies and platforms reinventing commerce for the 21st century
• Play — Immersive experiences, business models, and visionaries changing the way the world is entertained
• Talent — Designing the future of work to be flexible, innovative, productive, creative and balanced
David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive, Deloitte North West Europe, said: “The Public Investment Fund, through innovative platforms such as the FII and its programs of strategic investment, is establishing itself as one of the most impactful and thoughtful organizations of its kind. Deloitte shares this ambition and commitment and is delighted to be selected as a Knowledge Partner for the FII 2018.”
Abdul Aziz Al-Sowailim, MENA Chairman and CEO, EY, added: “The Public Investment Fund has built an incredibly powerful platform through the FII for global thinkers to discuss trends that can transform the future. Building on the immense success of the FII last year, EY is very proud to take part in this year’s discourse as a Knowledge Partner. Through our sessions on smart cities and the future of entertainment we hope to drive the conversation around global investment in these key areas of growth.”


Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Updated 19 January 2020

Movie time at Riyadh’s Atyaf Mall with Vox

Atyaf Mall, in partnership with Majid Al-Futtaim’s Vox Cinemas, launched a cinema facility of 11 screens and 650-seating capacity. The eighth branch of Vox Cinemas in Saudi Arabia was inaugurated by Mohamed Al-Hashemi, country manager of Majid Al-Futtaim Ventures, in the presence of Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Rowaished, CEO of Hewar Al-Rabie Company. 

The new cinema facility features seven standard cinemas, two VIP provisions, and two kids’ movie houses. Apart from refreshment counter favorites like popcorn, snacks and beverages, Vox Cinemas in Atyaf Mall offers a Nutella Bar, and Kitchen 35, a bakeshop with artisan breads and pastries and fresh juices in one entertainment venue. 

Mohammed, director of LuLu Saudi Hypermarkets, said: “We are proud to launch another entertainment venue for our dynamic customer base who considers Atyaf Mall as its home for lifestyle needs. We extend our biggest gratitude to our partners from Majid Al-Futtaim in making this project possible with innovative and customer-focused experiences and offerings on hand.”

Managed by LuLu Properties, the shopping mall and property development team of LuLu Group, Atyaf Mall houses conducive places for shopping, dining and leisure, along with a lineup of global brands, and a 220,000-square-foot LuLu hypermarket. From Matalan to H&M, Saco, and Red Tag, the fashion collection is expected to highlight the latest clothing lines and footwear pieces every season, alongside a food court and seven new restaurants that will soon showcase global flavors. 

“With these new concepts introduced in the mall, Atyaf Mall will continue to satisfy the evolving and adventurous lifestyle demands of the new age of Riyadh’s growing market,” Mohammed added.