Saudi Arabia participates in World Intellectual Property Organization general assembly

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Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participates in the 58th meeting of the General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Supplied)
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Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participates in the 58th meeting of the General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Supplied)
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Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participates in the 58th meeting of the General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Supplied)
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Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participates in the 58th meeting of the General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Supplied)
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Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participates in the 58th meeting of the General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Supplied)
Updated 24 September 2018

Saudi Arabia participates in World Intellectual Property Organization general assembly

JEDDAH: The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property participated in the 58th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Saudi delegation, headed by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Swailem, CEO of Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and a number of officials, will attend the meetings, which will discuss a number of important intellectual property issues in the member states.
This is the first time the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property represents as a high-level delegation in the WIPO general assembly meetings, which reflects positively on the authorities various activities.
The meetings commenced on Monday Sept 24 and will continue to Oct. 2 at WIPO headquarters in Geneva.
The decisions taken by member states during the WIPO assemblies contribute to supporting the global intellectual property framework, the future of innovation and the role of WIPO in promoting economic, social and cultural development in all countries.
WIPO, established in 1967, is the global forum for services, policy, cooperation and information in the field of intellectual property.
It is also an United Nations agency and includes membership of 191 states, which plays a leading role in establishing an effective and balanced international system of intellectual property, while encouraging innovation and creativity.

Saudi Arabia joined as a member state in 1982.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

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Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”