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‘World Forum an opportunity to shape future of esports and gaming’

More than 1,200 delegates from across the globe will gather in Riyadh to discuss the most pertinent issues in esports and gaming at the in-person Forum…reports Asian Lite News

The Next World Forum, an esports and gaming forum that will bring together sector leaders and experts from around the world, is to be held on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 in Riyadh.

Hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh At Kingdom Center, the inaugural Next World Forum is where the global gaming and esports community will gather to discuss the development of this vibrant, economically flourishing, and collaborative ecosystem.

Showcasing new ideas, investment, and talent development, the Forum is also an ideal setting to highlight Saudi Arabia’s thriving role in the gaming and esports industry, as the nation strives to contribute substantially to the dynamic value chain.

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, the Next World Forum additionally brings the curtain down on the phenomenally successful summer season of Gamers8, the biggest esports and gaming event worldwide, which is currently being held at Boulevard Riyadh City.

With a highly impressive list of speakers, those attending the Next World Forum include ministers of sport from various leading nations, investors, gamers, developers, tech providers, start-ups, public sector representatives, brands and advertisers, publishers, broadcasters, and federations and leagues.

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “The Next World Forum is an opportunity to shape the future agenda of esports and gaming – including the complete capture of full sector growth through investment and collaboration.

“All of us involved in gaming – an industry bigger than Hollywood and the music industry combined – are abundantly aware that there is still enormous room for development and advancement. But while we know that gaming is growing exponentially, the key aspect is about how we work together to make it even better.

“It is imperative that we propel a gaming and esports sector that offers rich opportunities for industry and governments while meeting and exceeding new expectations from gamers around business models.

“In pursuing that quest, Saudi Arabia, which has an aim to become not just one of the global leaders in esports and gaming, but the global leader, is a fitting host for the Next World Forum. We look forward immensely to welcoming the esports and gaming world to Riyadh on September 7 and 8, as we convene for productive, purposeful, progressive, and prosperous discussions.”

More than 1,200 delegates from across the globe will gather in Riyadh to discuss the most pertinent issues in esports and gaming at the in-person Forum.

High-level speakers at the Next World Forum include: His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation; Chester King, CEO, British Esports & Vice-President, Global Esports Federation; Mario Pérez Guerreira CEO, MENA & Partner, GGTech; Sayo Olowabi, Security General, Africa Esports Development Federation (AEDF); and Grant Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Esports Entertainment Group.

Across two days, the Next World Forum will highlight:

  • Key tech development challenges affecting the shifting landscape of the gaming and esports ecosystem
  • Trends including cloud gaming, distribution platform development and appetite for fresh content
  • The rise of thinking around impact-driven gaming, real-world impact and gaming for innovation across multiple sectors
  • Solution-based discussion on government attitudes to gaming, ecosystem talent development and infrastructure development
  • The emerging Saudi market landscape and opportunities to be part of its story
  • Genre innovations, regulation, and legislation

Specific September 7 panel topics at the Next World Forum include the Industry Keynote speech on Gaming and Esports as the Next Frontier of Media, Gaming as an Untapped Economic Powerhouse, and VR/AR and the Metaverse in the Spotlight.

Specific September 8 panel topics at the Next World Forum include Governments as Ecosystem Enablers, Leveling Up Esports and Gamer Health, and Build it and They Will Come – The ‘Third Place’ Experience and Rise of Gaming Venues.

The Forum will also feature a series of activations, gaming masterclasses, and bilateral meetings.

More information on the Next World Forum can be found at https://www.nextwrld.sa.

Gamers8 recap

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, Gamers8, the biggest esports and gaming event worldwide, runs daily throughout this summer until September 8 at a purpose-built venue at Boulevard Riyadh City. Elite esports tournaments are featuring alongside a series of big-name concerts, festivals, shows, and fun-filled activities for all ages.

Gamers8 focusses on four main pillars, each with something to offer for everyone. These four pillars are: Professional Esports, Festivals, Music and ‘The Next World Forum’.

Elite esports teams are competing across: Rocket League, Dota 2, Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and PUBG MOBILE. A staggering $15 million prize pool is on offer. Gamers8 tournaments are broadcast live on the event channels in more than eight different languages.

In addition, big-name international artists, each of whom is guaranteed to captivate music lovers, are appearing at Gamers8 concerts alongside numerous local and regional talents each weekend throughout the event. Over 1,000 activities and attractions, such as comedy, cosplay, magic shows, and much more, are also on the Gamers8 entertainment agenda. Further details, including ticket sales, are available on the event website.

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Riyadh to host first in-person Euromoney Conference in September

Steered by Saudi Vision 2030 — an ambitious blueprint for economic and social reform — the Kingdom has set about bolstering its prospects by transforming the national economy…reports Asian Lite News

The Saudi Ministry of Finance and the Financial Sector Conference have joined forces with Euromoney to host the first in-person Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference since 2019. Taking place on Wednesday 7 September in Riyadh, the event will be focused on “The Institutionalisation of Investment and Finance”.

Held under the patronage of H.E. Mr Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the conference has been launched to bring Saudi and international industry experts, thought-leaders, and policy makers to discuss the latest trends in regional and global financial markets.

With Saudi Arabia now recognized as a burgeoning global hub of innovation and investment, the event provides a unique platform and timely opportunity to explore the Kingdom’s road to recovery — in the wake of COVID-19 — new economic initiatives and their impact on the country, wider region and world.

Steered by Saudi Vision 2030 — an ambitious blueprint for economic and social reform — the Kingdom has set about bolstering its prospects by transforming the national economy. As part of this commitment, Vision 2030 aims to create an environment that unlocks business opportunities, broadens the country’s economic base, and creates jobs for all Saudis. The Kingdom has already made significant progress towards accomplishing these goals, leveraging its unique location and potential to attract more international talent and global investment.

This year’s Euromoney Conference will spotlight these developments and map out further steps that can be taken to fully realise the Kingdom’s potential. The opening keynote address will be delivered by H.E. Mr Mohammed Al-Jadaan, who will be joined by an impressive line-up of distinguished local and international speakers.

This lineup includes: HE Mr Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail, Minister of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; HE Mr Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, Chairman, Capital Market Authority; Yousef Abdullah Al Shelash, Chairman, Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development Company; Abdullah Alrashoud, Chief Executive Officer, BLOMINVEST Saudi Arabia; Hani Baothman, Chairman, Sidra Capital; and Faisal Durrani, Partner – Head of Middle East Research, Knight Frank; Fabrice Susini, Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company; Ronit Ghose, Global Head, Future of Finance, Citi; Paul Wilson, Chief Investment Officer, Channel Capital; Nabeel Koshak, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Saudi Venture Capital Company (SVC) will also be speaking at the event.

The lead sponsors of the conference are Citi; Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development; Gulf International Bank; Riyad Bank; Standard Chartered and The Financial Academy. The Capital Market Authority is the event Supporting Body. Real estate advisory services will be provided by Colliers. The conference’s co-sponsors are: Alkhair Capital; BLOMInvest; Kamco Invest and Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company. Knight Frank has been announced as the event’s knowledge partner, Derayah Financial is an associate sponsor and Argaam as its digital sponsor. Sidra Capital will serve as an exhibitor.

For more information, to view the agenda, and to apply for your place, please visit the Euromoney Conferences website.

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Bupa Arabia becomes most valuable insurance company of ME

Bupa Arabia was also named the “Middle East Health Insurance Company” at the Middle East Insurance Industry Awards – supervised by Ernst & Young…reports Asian Lite News

Bupa Arabia continued to shine even in the face of various COVID_19 related challenges last year, as it dominated a number of regional and international awards as well as global rankings in the health insurance, digital innovation, and sustainability fields among others.

The leading health insurer topped Brand Finance’s list of the most valuable insurance companies in the Middle East in 2021, a testament to Bupa Arabia’s efforts in providing innovative healthcare services to millions of people, within the framework of the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance.

Bupa Arabia also topped the insurance companies for Forbes Middle East’s annual rankings of the 100 most powerful companies in the region for 2021, which includes the largest, most profitable, and most valuable companies in the Middle East.

Tal Nazer, CEO of Bupa Arabia, said the company’s presence in the Forbes Middle East and Brand Finance rankings, acknowledges the success of its strategy of adapting to the needs of the evolving industry, making a difference in healthcare, and most importantly, improving its members’ health.

Bupa Arabia also placed 13th on Brand Finance’s most valuable brands in Saudi Arabia rankings, six places ahead of its position in the previous year’s rankings, driven by a growth in its brand value by 22.7 percent, increasing it to $618 million (SR2.31 billion).

Bupa Arabia remains in the lead

In other achievements, the International Business magazine named Tal Nazer as the “Best CEO of Insurance Company in 2021,” and Bupa Arabia as the “Best Health Insurance Company of 2021.”

The health insurer also won the “Best Innovation for a Health Insurance Product” recognition for its Bupa Parents service, and was named the “Best Leading Investor Relations in Insurance” for applying the highest quality standards in customer service and products in 2020, by the US Journal of World Economic Magazine, which enjoys high credibility among decision-makers and influencers in various financial sectors.

Bupa Arabia was also named the “Middle East Health Insurance Company” at the Middle East Insurance Industry Awards – supervised by Ernst & Young.

Prominent Digital Initiatives

Bupa Arabia won the “Best Health Insurance Company of 2021” and “Digital Innovation in the Health Insurance Sector” awards at the Golden Shield Awards for Excellence, held on the sidelines of the InsureTek Regional Conference. Meanwhile, at the 2021 Global Business Outlook Awards, it won the “Best Health Insurance Provider Award” and “Digital Innovation Award in the Insurance Sector” for its Tebtom program.

Nazer said the multiple award wins reflect Bupa Arabia’s leadership in digital transformation in the insurance sector. The company recently launched the revolutionary Bupa Click service, aiming to provide “integrated healthcare with one touch.” Moreover, Bupa Arabia’s Tebtom program provides various innovative healthcare services such as home vaccination for children, doctor’s consultation (Bupa Doctor), telemedicine and others, while the Rahatkom provides an integrated healthcare experience for members, from the moment they enter the hospital and throughout their time there.

Aspiring work environment

Bupa Arabia’s achievements and awards not only recognize its excellence in insurance but also in human resources, as it was named the “Best Employer” in the Middle East by the CIPD as well as won in the “Best Employee Engagement Initiative” category.

In addition, at the Gulf Sustainability Awards, Bupa Arabia won the “Best Practices in the Workplace and Human Resources” award, while at the Global Brand Awards, it won the “Best Mobile Insurance App 2021” award for its innovative Bupa Arabia app.

In the same vein, Bupa Arabia won an award at the LinkedIn Talent Awards MENA. The awards, which are given out by LinkedIn, a global network specializing in professional communication, see intense competition among a wide range of companies, institutions and recruitment destinations in the region.

Nazer said that Bupa’s continuous achievements are due to its dedicated team members. “The COVID-19 pandemic has not affected our performance, thanks to the continuous efforts of the team that deserves gratitude and appreciation, and we look forward to continue developing our services, so that we always remain at the forefront,” he said.

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Saudi Arabia sets up Investment Promotion Authority

The Saudi Investment Promotion Authority will work to strengthen and boost regional and international investment in the Kingdom’s public and private sectors…reports Asian Lite News

Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Investment for Saudi Arabia (MISA), has today expressed his gratitude for the Council of Ministers’ decision to officially launch the new Saudi Investment Promotion Authority (SIPA).

The launch was directed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz and HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA), to facilitate local and international investment opportunities through all leading fields in the Kingdom.

The Minister noted that the establishment of SIPA will enable an integrated approach to investment between government agencies while enhancing all activities and services related to investment promotion to support partnerships between local and foreign investors.

The launch of SIPA is made possible by the Kingdom’s first National Investment Strategy which seeks to unleash the potential of the Kingdom’s strong market fundamentals and the breadth and depth of opportunities created by Vision 2030. The strategy aims to increase investment to 30% of GDP, and catalyze the growth of emerging sectors in the economy.

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Saudi Arabia all set to shape future of gaming

Showcasing new ideas, investment, and talent development, the Forum is also an ideal setting to highlight Saudi Arabia’s thriving role in the gaming and esports industry…reports Asian Lite News

The Next World Forum, an esports and gaming forum that will bring together sector leaders and experts from around the world, is to be held on Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 in Riyadh.

Hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh At Kingdom Center, the inaugural Next World Forum is where the global gaming and esports community will gather to discuss the development of this vibrant, economically flourishing, and collaborative ecosystem.

Showcasing new ideas, investment, and talent development, the Forum is also an ideal setting to highlight Saudi Arabia’s thriving role in the gaming and esports industry, as the nation strives to contribute substantially to the dynamic value chain.

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, the Next World Forum additionally brings the curtain down on the phenomenally successful summer season of Gamers8, the biggest esports and gaming event worldwide, which is currently being held at Boulevard Riyadh City.

With a highly impressive list of speakers, those attending the Next World Forum include ministers of sport from various leading nations, investors, gamers, developers, tech providers, start-ups, public sector representatives, brands and advertisers, publishers, broadcasters, and federations and leagues.

His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation, said: “The Next World Forum is an opportunity to shape the future agenda of esports and gaming – including the complete capture of full sector growth through investment and collaboration.”

“All of us involved in gaming – an industry bigger than Hollywood and the music industry combined – are abundantly aware that there is still enormous room for development and advancement. But while we know that gaming is growing exponentially, the key aspect is about how we work together to make it even better,” he added.

“It is imperative that we propel a gaming and esports sector that offers rich opportunities for industry and governments while meeting and exceeding new expectations from gamers around business models.

More than 1,200 delegates from across the globe will gather in Riyadh to discuss the most pertinent issues in esports and gaming at the in-person Forum.

High-level speakers at the Next World Forum include: His Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, Chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation; Chester King, CEO, British Esports & Vice-President, Global Esports Federation; Mario Pérez Guerreira CEO, MENA & Partner, GGTech; Sayo Olowabi, Security General, Africa Esports Development Federation (AEDF); and Grant Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Esports Entertainment Group.

Across two days, the Next World Forum will highlight the Key tech development challenges affecting the shifting landscape of the gaming and esports ecosystem, trends including cloud gaming, distribution platform development and appetite for fresh content, the rise of thinking around impact-driven gaming, real-world impact and gaming for innovation across multiple sectors , Solution-based discussion on government attitudes to gaming, ecosystem talent development and infrastructure development and the emerging Saudi market landscape and opportunities to be part of its story, Genre innovations, regulation, and legislation

Specific September 7 panel topics at the Next World Forum include the Industry Keynote speech on Gaming and Esports as the Next Frontier of Media, Gaming as an Untapped Economic Powerhouse, and VR/AR and the Metaverse in the Spotlight.

Specific September 8 panel topics at the Next World Forum include Governments as Ecosystem Enablers, Leveling Up Esports and Gamer Health, and Build it and They Will Come – The ‘Third Place’ Experience and Rise of Gaming Venues.

The Forum will also feature a series of activations, gaming masterclasses, and bilateral meetings.

Gamers8 recap

Organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, Gamers8, the biggest esports and gaming event worldwide, runs daily throughout this summer until September 8 at a purpose-built venue at Boulevard Riyadh City. Elite esports tournaments are featuring alongside a series of big-name concerts, festivals, shows, and fun-filled activities for all ages.

Gamers8 focusses on four main pillars, each with something to offer for everyone. These four pillars are: Professional Esports, Festivals, Music and ‘The Next World Forum’.

Elite esports teams are competing across: Rocket League, Dota 2, Fortnite, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, and PUBG MOBILE. A staggering $15 million prize pool is on offer. Gamers8 tournaments are broadcast live on the event channels in more than eight different languages.

In addition, big-name international artists, each of whom is guaranteed to captivate music lovers, are appearing at Gamers8 concerts alongside numerous local and regional talents each weekend throughout the event. Over 1,000 activities and attractions, such as comedy, cosplay, magic shows, and much more, are also on the Gamers8 entertainment agenda. Further details, including ticket sales, are available on the event website.

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Vistara inaugurates non-stop service between Mumbai and Jeddah

Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, and it has been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards, besides being lauded for world-class cabin cleanliness and upholding high safety standards…reports Asian Lite News

Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, successfully inaugurated non-stop flights between Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Mumbai (India). The inaugural flight departed from Mumbai on August 2, 2022 at 1805 Hours (IST) and landed in Jeddah at 2050 Hours (AST). The airline now flies thrice a week between the two cities on its Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Commenting on the launch of the new international route, Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We are delighted to launch services to Jeddah, and to add Saudi Arabia to our growing international network. Given the multitude of upcoming futuristic projects in Saudi Arabia, strong trade ties with India and presence of large Indian diaspora, there is growing traffic between the two countries. We are confident that travellers will appreciate having the choice of flying India’s best airline on this route.”

SectorFlight No.Days of OperationDepartureArrival
Mumbai (BOM) – Jeddah (JED)UK 235Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday1805 hrs2050 hrs
Jeddah (JED) – Mumbai (BOM)UK 236Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday2150 hrs0530 hrs (+1)
+1 indicates next day arrival. All timings shown are in local time zonesThe inaugural flight from Jeddah to Mumbai will be operated on 3 August 2022
SCHEDULE OF FLIGHTS BETWEEN MUMBAI AND JEDDAH

Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and TripAdvisor, and it has been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards, besides being lauded for world-class cabin cleanliness and upholding high safety standards. In a short span of seven years since starting operations, Vistara has raised the bar for operations and service standards in the Indian aviation industry to become the country’s most loved airline and has recently crossed the milestone of flying 35 million passengers.

Vistara (TATA SIA Airlines Limited): TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name Vistara, is a 51:49 joint venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA).

Vistara brings together Tata’s and SIA’s legendary hospitality and renowned service excellence to offer the finest full-service flying experience in India. Vistara commenced its commercial operations on January 9, 2015, with an aim to set new standards in the aviation industry in India and it today connects destinations across India and abroad. The airline has a fleet of 53 aircraft, including 41 Airbus A320, five Airbus A321neo, five Boeing 737-800NG and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and has flown more than 35 million customers since starting operations. For more information about Vistara, visit www.airvistara.com

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Saudi to bid for 2026 AFC Women’s Asian Cup

The 2026 AFC Women’s Asian Cup is an unprecedented opportunity to inspire a generation of girls to achieve their football dreams…reports Asian Lite News

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially announced its intention to bid for the 2026 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. This is a landmark moment for women’s football in Saudi Arabia & Asia. The bid builds on many recent developments to grow women’s football in Saudi Arabia:

  • Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Football Department established in 2019.
  • The Kingdom’s first women’s Regional League was launched back in November 2021, followed by a National Championship in January 2022.
  • Women’s National Football Team established in 2021 and played its first official international friendly match in February 2022 in a tournament in the Maldives.
  • Women’s Futsal National Football Team established in 2019 and participated in 3 competitions since its establishment.
  • Hosted in 2022 the 3rd West Asian Football Federation Women’s Futsal Championship.
  • Established of the 1st Football Regional Center for female players U17.
  • 40 D License Coaching Course delivered in schools around the Kingdom, awarding 857 teachers the coaching certificates. In addition to 15 Referees Courses enabling 544 teachers to be referees, all in preparation to launch Girls Schools League in Sep 2022.
  • 100+ C Licensed Coaches in the Kingdom.
  • 1st AFC B License Coaching Course concluded in February 2022. 
  • 2 international coexisting coaching programs for female coaches both held in Spain.
  • Online educational workshops in cooperation with the Spanish and Brazilan Football Federation.
  • Qualification courses established for new female referees, with 63 referees approved under SAFF.
  • 1st female Saudi Referee to participate in the 4th AFC Referees Academy course.

Growing the grassroots of women’s football will be central to the bid. Inspiring women’s football across Asia will be built into a Saudi-hosted 2026 competition. From players to coaches, from fans to officials, Saudi Arabia is committed to developing and growing women’s football to take the game to the next level.

Lamia Bahaian, Board Member of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and the Women’s Football Department Supervisor said “We have huge ambitions for the development of the women’s game in Saudi Arabia and the recent progress has been incredible. We really are entering a new and exciting era for women’s football. “

Monika Staab, Head Coach of the Saudi Arabian Women’s National Team, said “Saudi Arabia has embraced women’s football. When I speak to girls across the Kingdom, I see their excitement for the game. The 2026 AFC Women’s Asian Cup is an unprecedented opportunity to inspire a generation of girls to achieve their football dreams.”

Mr. Yasser Almisehal, President of SAFF, said: “The future of women’s football in Saudi Arabia is bright and we are committed to growing the game here and throughout Asia. More and more young girls are playing football in this country and we want to inspire them further. Hosting the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2026 would be a great occasion for our players and would be made memorable by the passion of our fans.”

There has recently been a huge increase in the profile of the women’s game. More than 1.2 billion viewers watched the 2019 Women’s World Cup.The 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup was held in India, with China PR emerging as champions with a 3-2 victory over Korea Republic in the final, securing a record ninth title.More than 4.16 goals were scored per game in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup: the highest in any major international football tournament in the past 50 years.

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NEOM launches ‘THE LINE’ exhibition in Jeddah

Unlike traditional cities, it will run on 100% renewable energy and prioritize health and well-being over transportation and infrastructure…reports Asian Lite News

NEOM is launching an exhibition in Jeddah to share the recently announced designs of THE LINE with the public. The display includes detailed designs, renders and architectural concepts of THE LINE, enabling visitors to better understand the scope and complexity of the project. The exhibition starts on August 1 at the Superdome in Jeddah and will offer nearly 50 guided tours per day in both Arabic and English. The displays are spectacular and providing levels of detail that reinforce the ambition of the vision for this new urban environment.

On July 25, His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Chairman of the NEOM Board of Directors, announced the designs of THE LINE. The announced designs provide the most important characteristics of THE LINE, which is 200 meters wide, 170 kilometers long and 500 meters high. It will eventually accommodate 9 million residents and will be built on a footprint of 34 square kilometers. This small footprint will use less land when compared to other cities of similar capacity and will contribute to conserving 95% of NEOM’s land. THE LINE puts nature ahead of development, envisioning a future for urban communities without streets, cars and emissions. Unlike traditional cities, it will run on 100% renewable energy and prioritize health and well-being over transportation and infrastructure.

During the exhibition, the public will be able to experience THE LINE first-hand and explore the endless possibilities of future living. An online booking and registration process will ensure no overcrowding and maximum impact for guests. Visitors can now register to receive free tickets via Hala Yalla. Every tour lasts one hour.

The exhibition will run from August 1 to August 14, before moving to other locations such as the Eastern Province and Riyadh. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; advanced registration is required.

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Saudi receives envoys of Benin and Algeria

The Secretary General’s statement came during his virtual meeting with Secretary General of the COMESA Chileshe Kapwepwe…reports Asian Lite News

Saudi Arabia’s assistant minister of state for African affairs, Ambassador Sami Al-Saleh, received Ambassador Adam Bagoudou of Benin in Riyadh on Thursday.

During their meeting — which followed Al-Saleh’s earlier talks with Algerian Ambassador to the Kingdom Mohamed Ali Boughazi — the two discussed diplomatic relations between the two countries and issues of mutual interest.

Earlier, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al Hajraf stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between the council and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), to serve common interests.

The Secretary General’s statement came during his virtual meeting with Secretary General of the COMESA Chileshe Kapwepwe.

During the meeting, the two discussed the importance of developing cooperation between the GCC and the COMESA in the economic, trade and development fields.

This cooperation aims to open African markets for GCC exports, increase investment rates and exchange views on economic developments, in addition to discussing the developments of a Memorandum of Understanding previously signed between both sides in 2010, which focused on economic cooperation, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Meanwhile, Algeria, Niger and Nigeria have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of a gas pipeline across the Sahara Desert that will supply Europe with additional gas, said the Algerian Energy Minister.

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The signing ceremony was held in Algiers, capital of Algeria, in the presence of the Energy Ministers of the three African countries, and came in the wake of a trilateral meeting on the Trans-Saharan Gas-Pipeline (TSGP) on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Today’s meeting follows two previous meetings respectively in Niamey in February and in Abuja in June,” Algerian Energy and Mines Minister Mohamed Arkab told reporters.

“We have taken a number of decisions and we are making remarkable advance in the construction of this strategic project,” he said.

The TSGP, a mega gas pipeline project linking Algeria, Niger and Nigeria, is expected to span 4,000 km and could send up to 30 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year.

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Saudi crown prince, UNESCO chief discuss cultural initiatives

Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris and was welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday evening…reports Asian Lite News

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Audrey Azoulay held a meeting in Paris, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Friday.

The pair discussed the Kingdom’s cultural initiatives and ways to enhance bilateral cooperation.

Saudi Culture Minister Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Princess Haifa bint Abdulaziz Al-Mogrin, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UNESCO, attended the meeting.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Paris and was welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday evening.

A wide-ranging meeting headed by the French president and crown prince, and a dinner banquet, were held at the Elysee Palace.

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