Majid Al-Futtaim opens VOX Cinemas multiplex in The Roof

The multiplex features eight screens including the family-friendly concept KIDS, which is designed especially for young movie fans.
Updated 18 March 2019

Majid Al-Futtaim opens VOX Cinemas multiplex in The Roof

Majid Al-Futtaim Cinemas, the cinema arm of Majid Al-Futtaim, launched on Sunday its third VOX Cinemas in Riyadh at The Roof in the capital’s Alyasmin District.
VOX Cinemas in The Roof combines world-class entertainment with a range of creative food and beverage options including a specialty Nutella bar, Pizza Al Taglio — a new concept serving freshly baked pizza slices and Kitchen 35 — a grab-and-go café serving coffees, juices, sandwiches, salads and pastries. This is in addition to the signature VOX Cinemas Candy Bar where guests can get their favorite cinema snacks.
The multiplex features eight screens including the family-friendly concept KIDS, which is designed especially for young movie fans, and has a total seating capacity of 553.
VOX Cinemas intend to open 110 screens by the end of 2019, and with this new launch, the company currently operates a total of 39 screens in the Kingdom, across Riyadh and Jeddah.
VOX Cinemas is the Middle East’s largest and most rapidly growing exhibitor, with 41 locations totaling 405 screens across the region, including almost 200 screens in the UAE, 15 screens in Lebanon, 47 screens in Oman, 30 screens in Bahrain, 28 screens in Egypt, 39 screens in Saudi Arabia and 17 screens in Kuwait.
Across the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt and Lebanon, the company is undergoing a 1.2 billion dirham ($326 million) investment to expand to operate 300 screens by 2020. In addition, Majid Al-Futtaim Cinemas will invest 1.96 billion dirhams to develop 600 screens across Saudi Arabia by 2022.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.