New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views

New cinema in Jeddah to offer panoramic sea views
Tarfeeh Fakieh will construct a magnificently designed building on the corniche, along the Red Sea, as part of the Jeddah Walk project.
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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.


Dubai awards honor construction innovators

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Updated 19 September 2021

Dubai awards honor construction innovators

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  • The Sustainable Initiative of the Year award was given for revised structural design guidelines for the Emirates, which seeks to drive down the consumption of material having a massive impact on sustainability

dmg events, organizers of the inaugural The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards, announced the winners of 15 categories last week during a glittering awards ceremony held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The awards, a platform to recognize sustainable development, technological and digital achievements in the construction industry, were judged by an independent panel of experts and thought leaders from the industry. They assessed hundreds of submissions and highlighted the winners who have shown innovation and project excellence through their success stories.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East LLC (CSCEC) and ACCIONA took home multiple awards on the night. Other winners included: HAS Engineering LLC, The Arab Contractors Company, AECOM, Turner and Townsend, OBMI, Expomobilia, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, Emaar, B3G Engineering Services FZ-LLC, Alpin Limited and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Koen Meert, group director structural design, Emaar, received the award on behalf of Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, and Emaar. He said: “It’s a great recognition to receive this award at The Big 5, the biggest organization in terms of construction.”
The Sustainable Initiative of the Year award was given for revised structural design guidelines for the Emirates, which seeks to drive down the consumption of material having a massive impact on sustainability.

WINNERS ANDCATEGORIES

• Best Use of Technology of the Year: HAS Engineering LLC

• Community of the Future: The Arab Contractors Company

• Digital Transformation of the Year: AECOM

• Digital Twin Project of the Year: CSCEC

• Digitization Project of the Year: CSCEC

• Innovative Construction Organization of the Year: ACCIONA

• Off-site Project of the Year: CSCEC

• Partnership of the Year: Turner and Townsend

• Sustainability Champion of the Year: OBMI

• Sustainability Leader of the Year: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

• Sustainable Construction Organization of the Year: ACCIONA

• Sustainable Construction Project of the Year: Expomobilia

• Sustainable Initiative of the Year: Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, Emaar

•Technology Leader of the Year: B3G Engineering Services FZ-LLC

• Workforce of the Future Initiative: Alpin Limited

“Sustainability is such an important topic. We are therefore happy to be able to achieve this with the authorities as a joint effort for Dubai and the construction industry in general. The guideline submitted is now applicable for the whole industry, and every new building constructed in 2021 and later will be following it,” added Meert.
Yu Tao, president and CEO of CSCEC, said: “Over the years, The Big 5 keeps improving. It’s the first year for the award and it’s not an easy award. We have gone through six months with submission and verification and have won against very fierce competition; The Big 5 is keeping a very high quality with this award.”


Emirates NBD, Mastercard launch new card programs to power Expo 2020 experience

A customer uses an ATM machine at the Emirates NBD head office in Dubai, UAE. (REUTERS file photo)
A customer uses an ATM machine at the Emirates NBD head office in Dubai, UAE. (REUTERS file photo)
Updated 19 September 2021

Emirates NBD, Mastercard launch new card programs to power Expo 2020 experience

A customer uses an ATM machine at the Emirates NBD head office in Dubai, UAE. (REUTERS file photo)

As a premier partner and the official banking partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirates NBD Group, a banking group in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region, has joined hands with Mastercard, the official payment technology partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, to create two exclusive new card programs: Emirates NBD Expo Mastercard Prepaid Card and the Emirates Islamic Expo Mastercard Credit Card.
The limited-edition cards are designed to enhance the Expo 2020 Dubai experience for both residents and visitors from across the globe, while also elevating their time spent in the UAE with memorable possibilities to discover year-round.
Emirates NBD Expo Mastercard Prepaid Card
The Emirates NBD Expo Mastercard Prepaid Card is a digital-first offering, issued via a dedicated mobile app, Joyn from Emirates NBD. The product is available to both UAE residents and international visitors for use while in the UAE and provides a fully digital payments experience. The benefits will merge a specially curated selection of offers from Emirates NBD’s Bon Appétit, LiveWell and Good Times programs, as well as offers from Mastercard’s Priceless Platform.

FASTFACT

The limited-edition cards are designed to enhance the Expo 2020 Dubai experience for both residents and visitors from across the globe.

With 25 million visits expected at Expo 2020 Dubai, the card will provide access to privileges, deals and discounts of up to 50 percent at more than 2,000 shopping, dining, wellness, and entertainment touchpoints, as well as access to exclusive expo-related offers. The reloadable card will provide an enhanced customer experience with personalized offers, while also enabling international visitors to spend in the local UAE dirham currency.

Emirates Islamic Expo Mastercard Credit Card
 The Emirates Islamic Expo Mastercard Credit Card offers exceptional value with a wide range of benefits across key expo partners. Cardholders can earn up to three Emirates Islamic SmartMiles for every 1 dirham ($0.27) spent as well as gain U By Emaar Gold Tier Status, 50 percent cashback on their first Expo 2020 Dubai ticket transaction, and access to exclusive travel, hotels and lifestyle privileges offered by Mastercard.

Other benefits include 10 percent cashback on fuel, complimentary valet parking service at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, complimentary golf sessions, exclusive dining offers, and access to more than 1,000 airport lounges worldwide. Customers can enjoy the flexibility to instantly redeem their Emirates Islamic SmartMiles for flights, hotels, and retail transactions anywhere in the world. Emirates Islamic SmartMiles can also be exchanged with multiple partner loyalty programs.


Calling all entrepreneurs: MITEF Startup Competition launches

The MITEF Pan Arab and MITEF Saudi Arabia startup competitions have succeeded in establishing more than 550 startups and providing more than 15,600 job opportunities. (Supplied)
The MITEF Pan Arab and MITEF Saudi Arabia startup competitions have succeeded in establishing more than 550 startups and providing more than 15,600 job opportunities. (Supplied)
Updated 16 September 2021

Calling all entrepreneurs: MITEF Startup Competition launches

The MITEF Pan Arab and MITEF Saudi Arabia startup competitions have succeeded in establishing more than 550 startups and providing more than 15,600 job opportunities. (Supplied)
  • The competition aims to enable entrepreneurs and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, with a special focus this year on Madinah.

RIYADH: MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Pan Arab and MITEF Saudi Arabia have announced the launch of the MITEF Startup Competition 2021-2022. This year’s competition will provide the opportunity for the participants from Arab Startup Competition and Saudi Startup Competition to compete under a single competition, organized and supported by Bab Rizq Jameel and Community Jameel Saudi and under the patronage of the governorate of Madinah.

The MITEF Startup Competition 2021-2022 pits entrepreneurs in three different tracks: Ideas, Startups and Social Entrepreneurship. The competition aims to enable entrepreneurs and promote an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world, with a special focus this year on Madinah. This year’s edition launches with the slogan “Empowering Today. Transforming Tomorrow” and takes participants through a seven-month journey, filled with exciting activities like top-tier training, mentorship, media exposure, and networking opportunities. Moreover, the winning teams benefit from equity free-fund cash prizes.

The MITEF Startup Competition 2021-2022 will conclude with a final conference and awards ceremony that will take place during the Start Smart Conference in March 2022 in Madinah, during which this year’s Startup Investment Forum will also take place.

Applications are open for submissions until Dec. 6. Entrepreneurs and innovators from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world of all ages and industries can apply to one of the competition’s three tracks through the competition’s website: www.mitarabcompetition.com or www.mitefsaudi.org. The competition’s organizers will be conducting several roadshows and informative sessions throughout several Arab countries and Saudi Arabia, introducing the competition’s criteria and application process and helping candidates perfect their applications.

Mohammed Sanad Al-Yousif, CEO of the Economic Development Center in the Madinah governorate, said: “Community Jameel Saudi’s MITEF Startup Competition contributes to the enhancement of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the success of the region’s startups, and the support given to ideas and investment projects. This is the role that serves the expansion and support of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

He added: “We are pleased to host the forum in Madinah as a global destination for launching businesses and attracting qualitative investments to achieve sustainable development.”

Hala Fadel, founder and chair of MITEF Pan Arab, said: “After running the Arab Startup Competition for 15 successful editions in different Arab cities, we realize the importance of empowering our entrepreneurs by providing them with the proper training and mentorship and the effect that they have on transforming the entrepreneurship ecosystem. According to the 2020 Arab Entrepreneurship Maturity Index: Insights and Forecasts report that we published, ASC startups’ customer base grew by 43 percent over the previous two years and 45 percent of startups expanded into new geographic markets, notably the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa and East Asia.”

Hassan Jameel, vice chairman of Community Jameel, said: “We are proud to be a partner and to take part in this exceptional edition of the 2021-2022 MITEF Startup Competition welcoming entrepreneurs across the Arab world. The MITEF Pan Arab and MITEF Saudi Arabia startup competitions have succeeded in establishing more than 550 startups and providing more than 15,600 job opportunities.”


Oppo raises the bar with Reno6 Series 5G

 Oppo launched the Reno6 Series 5G with brand ambassador Mohammed Salah. The superphones enable users to capture their emotions in portrait providing a professional-level experience. (Supplied)
 Oppo launched the Reno6 Series 5G with brand ambassador Mohammed Salah. The superphones enable users to capture their emotions in portrait providing a professional-level experience. (Supplied)
Updated 16 September 2021

Oppo raises the bar with Reno6 Series 5G

 Oppo launched the Reno6 Series 5G with brand ambassador Mohammed Salah. The superphones enable users to capture their emotions in portrait providing a professional-level experience. (Supplied)
  • The Oppo Reno6 Series 5G contains two powerful handsets, the Oppo Reno6 Z 5G and Reno6 Pro 5G, both of which offer powerful photo and video-taking capabilities complemented by smart AI algorithms.

RIYADH: Oppo, a global smart device brand, launched on Wednesday its newest Reno series, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G and Reno6Z 5G. The Reno6 series comes with an industry-first Bokeh Flare Portrait Video, industry-leading Reno Glow design, and AI Highlight Video to deliver a flagship-level performance that captures every emotion accurately in a portrait.

Richard Sun, president of Oppo KSA, said: “At Oppo, technological innovations lie at the ethos of our product development and growth trajectory and hence we have always been committed to delivering an all-rounder smartphone with best-in-class innovations for our consumers in the Saudi market, especially through the Reno6’s AI portrait video capabilities aimed to provide Oppo users superior portrait video experience, which is especially suitable for youngsters and aligns with their interests of social video scenarios. To cater to these demands, we are launching our most awaited Reno6 series — crafted and designed with passion. The 5G superphone will enable users to capture their emotions in portrait providing an ultimate professional-level experience. The Oppo Reno6 series is truly a smartphone of the future!”

The Oppo Reno6 Series 5G contains two powerful handsets, the Oppo Reno6 Z 5G and Reno6 Pro 5G, both of which offer powerful photo and video-taking capabilities complemented by smart AI algorithms.

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G has a 50 MP main camera, which includes the ultra-powerful imaging sensor — Sony IMX766, along with a 32 MP selfie camera. Oppo Reno6 Z 5G features a triple-camera setup on the back, including a 64 MP main camera, plus a 32 MP selfie camera on the front.

The industry-first Bokeh Flare Portrait Video provides a pioneering professional-grade cinematic quality bokeh effect for smartphone video. Powered by Oppo’s over-10-million portrait datasets and AI algorithms, Bokeh Flare Portrait Video delivers real-time video processing to capture portrait videos, all the while keeping the portrait subjects appearing natural and bright. Available on both the front and rear cameras, it also comes with video stabilization and video beautification features.

AI Highlight Video can automatically detect ambient light and make video optimizations accordingly. Whether you are shooting at night or with strong backlight in the day, AI Highlight Video helps you to capture clearer, brighter, and more vividly colored portrait videos.

Focus Tracking enables enhanced video auto-focusing by identifying and automatically tracking main subjects consistently.

Meanwhile, the dual-view video on the Reno6 Z 5G allows users to use both the front and rear cameras simultaneously, resulting in two perspectives within the same frame in videos. This feature in Reno6 Pro 5G enables users to record videos from the front and rear cameras simultaneously and supports three different split-screen layouts: Split, round and rectangle.


Giordano launches internship program in Saudi Arabia

Giordano launches internship program in Saudi Arabia
Updated 16 September 2021

Giordano launches internship program in Saudi Arabia

Giordano launches internship program in Saudi Arabia

Giordano Saudi Arabia recently rolled out its new internship program, in conjunction with the Jeddah Chapter of the Entrepreneur Organization.
The innovative internship program has been tailor-made for the Saudi market, offering participants a full range of site visits and tours, followed by work experience in both Giordano’s retail stores and in their preferred functional departments at the company’s regional headquarters. Participants will attend sessions on sales and marketing and visual merchandising, culminating with a final assessment and the issuance of a completion certificate.
Ahmedullah Abdul Hadi, chief operating officer of Giordano Saudi Arabia, said: “The Giordano KSA internship program is completely bespoke. We have taken elements from the Fast-Track Management Scheme operated by Giordano’s global headquarters, which has successfully produced a number of young senior executives, and injected our own local expertise and knowledge, culminating in a truly unique experience for participants.”
He added: “Our aim is to maximize the interaction between the company and the participants, striking a balance between conveying our core values while allowing the interns to make decisions about their participation early on, with a view to identifying potential talent for long-term development.”
The Entrepreneur Organization is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 4,000 influential business owners with 198 chapters in 61 countries. Founded in 1987, the EO enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, with a view to creating greater success in business and beyond. The Jeddah Chapter of the organization was founded in 2004, and currently has 26 members, representing more than 16,000 employees.
Established in 1981, Giordano is an international retailer of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel. It now operates around 2,100 stores and counters in Greater China, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia, India and the GCC.