GESALO to boost Saudi-German trade ties

From left, Sarah Ayed Al-Ayed, board member, JCCI; Holger Ziegeler, German consul general; Mohammed Yousuf Naghi, JCCI chairman; Dr. Dalia Samra-Rohte, delegate of GESALO; Dr. Martin Wansleben CEO, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce; Imad Mohammed Hashem, secretary-general of JCCI; Khaled Al-Juffali, chairman, E.A. Juffali and Brothers; and Dina Hasan Al-Nahdi, board member, JCCI.
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Updated 05 February 2020

GESALO to boost Saudi-German trade ties

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) hosted the opening of the German-Saudi Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO), the official representative of German industry in the Kingdom, with aims to enhance the bilateral relationship and promote trade between the two countries. 

Those present on the occasion included CEO of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce Dr. Martin Wansleben, Delegate of GESALO Dr. Dalia Samra-Rohte, Consul General of Germany in Jeddah Holger Ziegeler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the JCCI Mohammed bin Yusuf Naghi, Secretary-General Imad bin Muhammad Hashem, and a number of representatives of the Saudi-German business community.

Dr. Samra-Rohte said that a permanent German Desk in Jeddah will play a major role in exploring investment opportunities in both countries and strengthening Saudi-German trade relations throughout the Kingdom, with the support of the main office In Riyadh and the German Desk in the Eastern Province, which will allow GESALO to cover more sectors of the Saudi economy closely, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Dr. Samra-Rohte described the opening of the German office in Jeddah as a milestone for GESALO during a period of great economic development in the Kingdom, expressing her happiness on being able to experience these positive developments. While the city of Jeddah offers a lot, the greatest potential lies within the logistics sector and the advancement in the tourism sector.

Consul General Ziegeler said the German Desk in Jeddah supports joint efforts to strengthen German-Saudi economic relations, as it is an official representation of German industry and trade in Saudi Arabia, and will provide all the information that serves the business community and investment opportunities in different sectors.

GESALO is part of the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs), which has 140 offices in 92 countries around the world. The German office in the Kingdom has been operating as a nonprofit organization for more than 40 years.

The network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad is an institution for promoting German foreign trade, and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) coordinates and develops the network. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


Aloka Wellness to bring world’s leading healers to Kingdom

Updated 12 July 2020

Aloka Wellness to bring world’s leading healers to Kingdom

Aloka  Wellness, which offers a digital platform for engaging with some of the world’s leading health, fitness and wellness practitioners, is exploring organizing wellness retreats in Jeddah, Al-Ula and Taif.

“The dynamic and multicultural makeup of Saudi Arabia and the Aloka  Family is aligned with global trends and sustainable development goals. With the transition to affording its citizens increased access to wellness and fitness remedies, Aloka  Wellness is primed to partner with the Saudi government through educational and civic systems and agencies to help facilitate related Vision 2030 objectives,” a statement said. 

With tourism being a key driver in the Kingdom’s strategic planning, Aloka recognizes that wellness tourism is a fast-emerging sub-sector. 

“Given the uncertainties related to COVID-19 and safety concerns for in-person gatherings, virtual retreats like the GLOW Live Retreat taking place between July 1 and 15 on Aloka’s Instagram page, provides a viable alternative, while promoting Saudi Arabia’s brand and highlighting its ongoing positive transformation,” it said.

Aloka’s founders — Asta Barry and Hélène Bégusseau — have been residing and working in Saudi Arabia and France. Working in these modern states has exposed the team to the unique opportunity to align their passion with the Saudi government’s Vision 2030 program to create an even healthier population and drive sustainable development initiatives to enhance overall quality of life in the Kingdom.

Customarily, researching and accessing a curated network of trained professionals relied on individual searches and subjective recommendations. Aloka  Wellness individually engages and partners with health professionals globally to create a family network focused on providing ethical and experience-based curated sessions and information. 

Every facet of human holistic well-being is catered to via a user-friendly website. Its services range from yoga, meditation, naturopathy, food and nutrition, health coaching, bodywork and fitness, martial arts, psychological and emotional therapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and other specialty practices to help attain overall work-life balance. 

With nearly 100 wellness practitioners already partnered with, Aloka said it is focused on working with only the most respected and experienced industry professionals. Their mission is to create a global network of healers to provide universal access to sustainable well-being practices.