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.


Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

Updated 23 October 2020

Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

JEDDAH: Six international organizations have completed two studies on e-learning in the Kingdom and praised its efforts in providing a rapid response, multiple options and continuous improvement during the coronavirus pandemic.
The studies involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.
The center said that the global organizations completed two comprehensive studies on the experience of public and higher education in Saudi Arabia during the pandemic, with the aim of documenting and studying the reality of the experience and coming up with initiatives to develop e-learning practices in accordance with current global practices and standards.
The studies were conducted with the participation of students, faculty members, teachers, parents and school leaders.
The number of participants in the public education study reached 318,000, while the number of participants in the higher education study reached 24,000.
The first study was prepared by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), with the participation of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Quality Matters (QM), the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) in the US.
The second study was prepared by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the cooperation of the Harvard Graduate School
of Education.
In the studies, reference comparisons were made with more than 193 countries. The two studies showed the Kingdom’s distinction in the diversity of options, including, for example, electronic content and satellite channels available for e-learning in public education.

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The studies on e-learning involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.

The percentage of countries that succeeded in providing these at the national level was only 38 percent.
The study conducted by the OECD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education included a comparison of the Kingdom’s response to education during the COVID-19 pandemic with 37 member states.
The results showed the Kingdom’s progress in 13 out of 16 indicators on the average of
these countries.
The study also revealed that teachers received significant support to overcome obstacles to e-learning.
The study of public education indicated that there was a clear strategy for the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in the Kingdom and address any issues.
OLC hailed the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Education in dealing with the crisis by providing a variety of options for e-learning, and the quick response to the pandemic and immediate shift to remote instruction.
The two studies recommended 71 proposed development initiatives for public education and 78 proposed development initiatives for higher education.
The National Center for e-Learning is working in coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the initiatives and begin their implementation.
The center announced that the organizations that conducted the studies would publish their results and complete the second phase at the end of the current semester.

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