GEA to launch Joy Forum19 in bid to make Saudi Arabia entertainment industry leader

General Entertainment Authority Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh. (Supplied)
Updated 06 October 2019

GEA to launch Joy Forum19 in bid to make Saudi Arabia entertainment industry leader

  • The two-day forum is part of a push to put Saudi Arabia on the international map as an entertainment industry leader

RIYADH: Entertainment pioneers from around the world get together as General Entertainment Authority’s (GEA) event Joy Forum19 opens on Oct. 13 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

The two-day forum, to be launched by GEA Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh, is part of a push to put Saudi Arabia on the global map as an entertainment industry leader.

It will host speakers, experts, CEOs, international academics and companies involved in knowledge-based entertainment sectors from within and outside the Kingdom. A-list Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities are also set to attend.

Among the attendees include Clement Wong, Vice President at Huawei Global Product Marketing; Bill Ernest, CEO of SEVEN; Marco Balich, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Balich World Shows; Mohammad Al-Abbar, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Emaar; Mohammad Al-Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management; Sultan Al-Hokair, Fawaz Al-Hokair Group Vice President for Food and Entertainment.

Also in the list of attendees are Fahad Hamidaddin, General Supervisor of Investment, Strategy, Marketing and Programs at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage; Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Ad Diriyah Gate Development Authority; Scott Givens, President and CEO of Five Currents; and Martin McDonnell, CEO and co-founder of Sublime and the founder of Soluis.

There will be international case studies on successful entertainment sectors, design strategies, and the ability to implement change.

Growth opportunities for the local economy, the role of social behaviors, interaction with innovation and technology, and the creation of happiness and well-being will be discussed.

There will be an entertainment exhibition workshop that will bring together researchers, designers, developers and businessmen who are interested in designing, developing, evaluating and marketing events for the Saudi market.

GEA CEO Amr bin Banaja said Saudi Arabia is moving forward confidently toward building a competitive entertainment industry where local and international talent and business will intersect, setting the stage for a first-rate entertainment industry hub.

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It will host speakers, experts, CEOs, international academics, and companies involved in knowledge-based entertainment sectors from within and outside the Kingdom. A-list Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities are also set to attend.

The innovate initiative, launched earlier this year under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, forms an integral part of the Vision 2030 strategy.

The GEA is committed to supporting and nurturing local talent, developing a thriving entertainment industry that will create truly exciting employment opportunities for hundreds of thousands of young Saudis, and further extending and preserving the Kingdom’s centuries-old cultural legacy.

The entertainment authority has taken several steps to strengthen collaboration with the private sector. 

The recently concluded National Day Season is a testimony to the efforts the GEA is making to change the entertainment landscape of the Kingdom. 

The five-day Saudi National Day celebrations, which concluded on Monday evening, attracted more than 3.7 million people to various events organized across the Kingdom.

This year more than 40 events took place between Sept. 19 and 23. These events ranged from festivals, concerts, and fireworks, to youth forums, accompanied by celebrations on the streets as well as in public places and squares.

According to GEA chairman Al-Sheikh, more than 6,800 jobs were created for the successful execution of National Day celebrations activities.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.