Noon Payments waives set-up fees for SMEs in Ramadan

Noon Payments waives set-up fees for SMEs in Ramadan
Mosam Gadia Senior Vice President at Noon Payments.
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Updated 24 April 2021

Noon Payments waives set-up fees for SMEs in Ramadan

Noon Payments waives set-up fees for SMEs in Ramadan, the region’s homegrown digital marketplace, is waiving set up fees for Noon Payments giving local SMEs extra support in taking their businesses online during the holy month.

Engineered for growth, Noon Payments is an online payments platform by Noon. From e-commerce stores to subscription businesses, platforms and marketplaces, Noon Payments offers a complete stack for all business payment needs across channels. The Noon Payments product suite includes payment gateway, payment links, EMIs, and subscriptions.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Noon Payments is offered to all SMEs in need of a payment gateway including all benefits associated with accepting online payments such as no setup fees in the Kingdom and UAE. This means direct savings of SR1,000 ($266) for the business with the ease of accepting multiple payments methods with one integrated solution.

Benefits associated with accepting online payments include increased transactions and conversions, option to send payment links to customers, allowing customers to settle using easy monthly installments, smooth checkout process, and more.

Mosam Gadia, Noon Payments, said: “Supporting local businesses, no matter their size, is of the utmost importance to Noon. We’re happy to be able to give SMEs an extra hand during the holy month, offering access to our homegrown and super secure payment gateway without setup costs. We hope this makes taking business online even easier for SMEs.”

Prior to the pandemic, cash-on-delivery (COD) was still a favored form of payment for many customers in the MENA region. At the onset of COVID-19, consumer needs changed leaving many concerned with hygiene aspects of handling physical cash. As a result, COD customers swiftly pivoted to digital payments, now the favored form of payment in the region.

Using Noon Payments, sellers can accept all payment methods under one integration (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Mada, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, Paypal, KNET and many more). Returning customers can also save cards for a faster one-click checkout. was created to serve the region, empowering and championing local businesses with innovation, technology, and support. Local businesses can choose to use Noon to support their business, tapping into Noon’s mass customer database, and utilizing the secure payment platform.

Rasanah spotlights Iran’s role in recruitment of child fighters

The book launch was attended by Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Moammar Al-Eryani. (Supplied)
The book launch was attended by Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Moammar Al-Eryani. (Supplied)
Updated 31 July 2021

Rasanah spotlights Iran’s role in recruitment of child fighters

The book launch was attended by Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Moammar Al-Eryani. (Supplied)

RIYADH: The International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah) has released a book titled “Silent Victims … Iran and Recruitment of Child Fighters in the Middle East,” co-authored by the institute’s researchers Maj. Gen. (retired) Ahmed Al-Maimouni and Saad Al-Shahrani.

The book launch was attended by Yemeni Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Moammar Al-Eryani, Director of Civil Military Operations in the Joint Forces Command Major General Abdullah Al-Habbabi, Spokesman for the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki, and Chargé d’Affaires of Saudi Arabia to Yemen Abdullah Al-Ghunaim, in addition to officials, researchers and other interested parties.

Founder and President of Rasanah Dr. Mohammed S. Alsulami gave a speech in which he welcomed the attendees while talking about the book and how the idea to publish this book came about. Yemeni minister Al-Eryani addressed in his speech the violations committed by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, and its recruitment of hundreds of thousands of children to threaten the security and stability of Yemen.

Al-Maimouni, who is the director of the studies and research center at the institute, spoke about the content of the book, which consists of six chapters, while Al-Shahrani gave a presentation on “The militarization of Iranian educational curricula.”

The 150-page book attempts to bring to focus the emergence of the phenomenon of child fighter recruitment in the Iranian strategy, the methods of recruiting children and the institutions embracing the idea of child fighter recruitment as one of the Iranian government’s tools since the beginning of the Iranian revolution to solidify the ideological tenets that serve its approach and support the continuation of its project.

The book focuses on the Iranian militias’ acts of embroiling child fighters in military conflicts that lead them to be killed and wounded, working against the interests of their homelands and destroying their future.

In the first chapter titled “Recruitment of Child Fighters in the Iranian Thought,” the book begins with casting light on the phenomenon of child fighter recruitment as an inhumane practice, discussing the genesis and motives of the militarization of Iranian Shiite young men, the methods and motives of recruitment and the psychological and social consequences endured by the recruited children.

Chapter Two, titled “Hezbollah and the Recruitment of Child Fighters in Lebanon,” is divided into “Hezbollah as a Tool for Disseminating the Tenets of the Iranian Revolution,” “Hezbollah’s Hidden Activities on the Recruitment of Child Fighters” and the “Impact of International Sanctions on Hezbollah and its Recruitment Operations.”

Chapter Three, “Iran Militias and the Recruitment of Child Fighters in Syria,” sheds light on the recruitment operations on the Syrian landscape and using foreign recruits from Pakistan and Afghanistan. It also discusses the Iranian militias and factions in Syria, the efforts of Iran and Hezbollah to advance child fighter recruitment in Syria and the Iranian soft policies to wrest control over Syrian society.

As for Chapter Four, titled “Shiite Militias and the Recruitment of Child Fighters in Iraq,” it touches on pushing Iraq into the spheres of Iran’s influence and the Iraqi-Iranian militias and child fighter recruitment. This reality was shaped by the Iraq-Iran war and what was known in the military corridors as “human waves” in order to make up for the superiority on the part of Iraq in weapons and military tactics. Most of these waves were made up of the youth and child fighters.

Chapter Five, titled “The Houthi Militia and Child Fighter Recruitment in Yemen,” spotlights the inception of the Houthi militia group, the influence of the Iranian approach on it and the Houthi methods of child recruitment. It then presents examples of cases of Houthi recruitment of children, outlining proposed mechanisms to address the phenomenon of child fighter recruitment in Yemen.
As for Chapter Six titled “Child Recruitment and Its Impacts in Light of International Law,” it surveys international legal resolutions criminalizing child recruitment, reveals the efforts of the international community aimed at protecting children and casts light on Iran being a focus of blame by the international community.

In the end, this book tracks the Iranian role in sponsoring militias that work actively in child recruitment on the battlefield and clarifies that this recruitment causes the children returning from the battlefield to experience psychological trauma and the inability to integrate back into civil society, which prompts them to embrace violence and resort to extremist methods.

Iran’s involvement has appeared unambiguously in supporting militias in the aforesaid countries ideologically, militarily, financially and politically, according to reports of media outlets and international organizations, in addition to accounts of those affected and their relatives on the tragedies they have suffered.


Norwegian Cruise Line returns to the sea

Norwegian Cruise Line returns to the sea
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Norwegian Cruise Line returns to the sea

Norwegian Cruise Line returns to the sea

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) resumed cruises on July 25, with heightened health and safety protocols to ensure customers feel even safer at sea.

The resumption of service comes following a 500-day suspension, which the cruise company has used to introduce new measures to protect cruisers, including improved continuous ship-wide cleaning and sanitation practices and upgraded medical standard air filters.

Every guest and crew member needs to be fully vaccinated before boarding a NCL ship to ensure that, once on board, every part of the ship is open to all guests for them to safely explore and enjoy.

Cruises available to book include the newly revitalized Norwegian Epic that is offering seven-day Western Mediterranean cruises in 2021 with departures from Rome (Civitavecchia). The ship then sails to Naples, Cagliari, then to Spain stopping in Palma Majorca and Barcelona. The unforgettable Florence and Pisa are also on the itinerary with debarkation again in Rome.

Meanwhile, customers looking for a longer holiday should consider Norwegian Getaway, which is offering 10-day Greek Isles and Italy cruises with departures scheduled from Rome (Civitavecchia). 

Destinations include some of the most picture-perfect Greek Isles, such as Santorini and Mykonos, and Italian gems like Naples and Florence.

“We are delighted to be cruising again and we have used the downtime to ensure that our itineraries entice and our ships are as safe as possible,” said Nick Wilkinson, NCL’s regional vice president for business development, MEA.

“Breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for 53 years, NCL offers you the best in freedom and flexibility to cruising, so you can holiday on your own schedule with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress code.”

NCL has 17 contemporary ships that sail to more than 300 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Northern Europe, with its blend of history and culture, and the Mediterranean where guests can soak up its stunning sites and culinary delights.

In addition to its superior guest service from land to sea, NCL offers a variety of award-winning entertainment, dining options and a range of staterooms across the fleet. 

Guests can choose from numerous accommodation options including solo-traveler staterooms, mini-suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian, NCL’s ship-within-a-ship concept.

And now is the perfect time to book thanks to NCL’s latest offer, which combines 30 percent off all sailings and all five “Free at Sea” offers in one package!

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views
Updated 29 July 2021

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

Fakieh Leisure and Entertainment Group (Tarfeeh Fakieh), a provider of leisure and entertainment in Saudi Arabia, has signed an agreement with Jamjoom Production and Distribution to operate a cinema at the Jeddah Walk project. Tarfeeh Fakieh will invest in building the cinema as part of the Jeddah Walk project, with a cost of more than SR300 million ($80 million).

The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Jamil Attar, CEO of Tarfeeh Fakieh, and Waheed Jamjoom, CEO of Jamjoom Production and Distribution, the company that will manage and operate the cinema in cooperation with an international company. 

According to the agreement, Tarfeeh Fakieh will construct a magnificently designed building on the corniche, along the Red Sea, as part of the Jeddah Walk project, to allow visitors to enjoy the latest movies using state-of-the-art audio-visual projectors. The project is part of Tarfeeh Fakieh’s investment contract with the Jeddah municipality. 

Attar said: “Based on Tarfeeh Fakieh’s extensive experience in investing in the tourism and entertainment sectors and encouraged by our wise government’s support for these sectors, we are currently working to redevelop Al-Nawras Island. We aim to turn Al-Nawras into a distinct entertainment and tourism destination that contributes to achieving the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 as well as its realization program, the Quality of Life Program 2020.” 

Jamjoom said: “We take pride in our cooperation with Tarfeeh Fakieh, especially as the group has a wealth of experience in the entertainment and tourism sectors and is actively engaged in spreading joy and happiness among Jeddah’s residents and visitors. The Tarfeeh Fakieh investment initiative will contribute to the return of Jamjoom Cinema after more than 50 years. We will also benefit from our legacy in the cinema sector, as we were the first to open a modern and popular cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1969.” 

The new cinema will feature nine screens and have 837 seats besides a variety of restaurants. It will also have an upper terrace to enjoy views of the Red Sea and sunset.

The Jeddah municipality continues to develop the waterfront, and it is cooperating with Tarfeeh Fakieh to redevelop the Al-Nawras Island and transform it into a top recreational area and tourist attraction.

Jeddah Walk is a joint venture development project of restaurants and cafes including a multistory mall on Al-Tahlia Road. With a built-up area of 51,911 square meters, the project extends over two land plots with a total area of 15,375 square meters. The mall has expansive outdoor landscaped terraces offering ample opportunities for open-air dining and lounges.

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students
Updated 28 July 2021

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students

Raytheon internship attracts Saudi students

Raytheon Saudi Arabia, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, welcomed seven undergraduate Saudi students from four major local universities to participate in its summer internship program supporting Vision 2030 Human Capability Development goals. The six-month internship program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain on-the-job training and mentorship until December from one of the world’s leading aerospace and defense companies. 

Five male students and two female students are gaining practical, hands-on experience at Raytheon Saudi Arabia’s headquarters in Riyadh and offices in Jeddah across different functions, including digital technology, human resources, business development, localization, project management, supply chain as well as contracts. The Saudi undergraduates are from King Saud University, King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals, Hail University and Umm Al-Qura University. 

“Raytheon Saudi Arabia is committed to creating highly skilled and highly desirable jobs for Saudis in the defense, security, aerospace and technology sectors,” said Dave Hanley, chief executive of Raytheon Saudi Arabia. “The internship program gives students the opportunity to understand how they can best contribute to the Kingdom’s safety and security objectives in their career paths.”

Raytheon Technologies’ businesses have supported the critical defense needs of the Kingdom for more than 55 years. Raytheon Saudi Arabia was formed in 2017 to play a significant role in supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by creating highly skilled jobs for Saudis in the defense, security, and aerospace sectors by partnering with Saudi public and private sector companies and local universities.

“Attracting local talent into the defense and aerospace sector is key to realizing Vision 2030’s Human Capability Development goals,” said Ali Albar, HR director at Raytheon Saudi Arabia. “The six-month training program was designed to immerse students in real-life experiences that will add value to their university knowledge and showcase the various opportunities to pursue upon graduating.”

The company currently employs more than 270 employees in Saudi Arabia including 150 Saudi professionals across its offices in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet
Updated 28 July 2021

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet

Saudi businessman underlines role of leadership in crisis management at Horasis India meet

Horasis, the global visions community, held its annual Horasis India Meeting on July 24, co-hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The event brought together several hundred of the most senior members of the international organization, focusing on how to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and inspire India’s future.

Dr. Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed, a prominent Saudi businessman and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, was a featured speaker at this online event, delivering a talk on the vital role of “Strategic Management Strategy for Crisis and Disaster,” under a session themed “Strategic Management for a Pandemized World.”

Al-Rasheed opened the talk by highlighting the importance of leadership awareness. He said that crises do not wait for the leaders to be ready; in most cases, crises happen at the worst time. He emphasized the significance of strategic management in times of crisis and disaster to prepare and empower society to protect itself. Crises and disasters are considered among the foremost obstacles to sustainability.

At the heart of his talk, Al-Rasheed defined strategic management as the continuous planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment that is necessary for an organization to meet its goals and objectives. The strategic management process involves analyzing cross-functional business decisions prior to implementing them, according to his book, titled “Public Government and Strategic Management Capabilities: Public Governance in the Gulf States,” published in 2017.

Al-Rasheed said that strategic management in the public sector means developing an explanation of a firm’s performance by understanding the roles of external and internal environments, and positioning and managing within these environments. While in the private sector, it means the interdisciplinary field that studies the behavior of companies and other market parties.

Crisis and disaster management requires a clear strategic vision and priorities as well as strong coordination with all the stakeholders. It requires leadership capable of making critical decisions. Decisions must be balanced between economic, social and safety requirements. Critical decisions cannot be left to the military leaders, doctors or scientists. It is the political leader’s responsibility.

Al-Rasheed concluded his speech by saying that we live in a complex world where disasters are inevitable and that there is no time for false security.

After the panelists delivered their talks, there was a Q and A session. Al-Rasheed was asked, “How do you manage a crisis?” He said that in managing a crisis, you have to look at it from two different perspectives: From a business leader’s perspective, they must consider every crisis as an opportunity to advance their business, as it is their responsibility to the company and stakeholders; and from the public servants’ and political leaders’ perspective, they must realize that no country can manage a crisis on its own, so they must empower society and other stakeholders, and prepare a crisis management center that is able to manage the team.

Asked what advice he would give to the Indian business community and to the rest of the world, Al-Rasheed said: “God gave you power and energy and wealth; while it is important to meet your bottom line, you must also pay Zakat for the common good of humanity and mankind.”