Saudi retail, hospitality sectors to boost global printing industry

Sharif Rahman
Updated 07 August 2016

Saudi retail, hospitality sectors to boost global printing industry

International Expo Consults (IEC), part of Falak Holding, stated that the investments in theme parks, infrastructure and retail in Saudi Arabia will further boost the billion dollar printing industry.
This sector is expected to grow exponentially across the MENA region due to the investment by governments in various sectors, especially infrastructure. As per the Smithers Pira report, the total printing revenues alone is forecasted to grow 7.2 percent per annum reaching $26 billion by 2018.
Demand for the latest standard of printing and digital signages is on the growth path. This growth translates into vast opportunities for printers, raw material suppliers and print equipment suppliers in the country.
Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, chairman of IEC, said: “The printing industry has witnessed a paradigm shift over the last few years. Technology innovation year-on-year has resulted in top quality results with regard to printing and signages. Today, attention grabbing digital and traditional signages are a must to attract the customers. These tools will further enhance the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.”
IEC is the organizer of the 19-year-old SGI Dubai show within the signage, digital signage, retail signage solutions, outdoor media, screen and digital printing industries.
“The printing press is regarded as one of the most important inventions of all times. New technologies have been redefining the process of printing, thereby helping GCC countries to expand their domestic industries and generate the desired awareness amongst its customers. Also the increasing specialization of Saudi Arabia’s printing sector has seen a tremendous growth in creation of new jobs as well,” said Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC.
SGI Dubai 2017 show is bringing exhibitors and visitors from the United States, the UK, Germany, China and Japan, among others. The SGI Dubai 2017 show will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from Jan. 15-17.

ArabNet, Saudi Arabia’s largest tech event returns to Riyadh

Updated 10 September 2019

ArabNet, Saudi Arabia’s largest tech event returns to Riyadh

ArabNet, the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, is back for its eighth edition on Dec. 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. For the second consecutive year, ArabNet will feature two events taking place simultaneously under one roof: ArabNet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Inspire Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students. 

The two concurrent events will bring together more than 250 experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics: Inspire Saudi for startups and investors, Ad/Edge for digital media and advertising, Finverse for digital banking and fintech, Digital Policy Forum for senior government leaders, CIO Forum for CIOs, CTOs and senior IT decision-makers, and Investor Summit for investors. 

The event will also bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups in the largest tech entrepreneurship showcase to take place in the Kingdom and the region, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.

This year’s program also features various initiatives and activations bringing together inspirational and successful leaders and entrepreneurs through: The Academy, workshops on entrepreneurship, marketing and e-commerce; Women Mentoring Women, bringing regional women leaders to mentor women who are just starting out; Investor Lounge, a series of one-on-one meetings between startups and top business executives; Sawalif Riyadiya, gathering successful GCC founders to share their journeys and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs; Future Zones & Stage, showcasing the future of industries; and ArabNet’s long-running competitions: Ideathon and Startup Battle.


The event will bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.

During Startup Battle, entrepreneurs will present their startups in front of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals. The top three startups will get to compete against the best in the region at the Startup Championship. 

Ideathon is the go-to destination for brilliant ideas. Regional entrepreneurs will get to showcase their ideas in front of a crowd of investors, incubators, and media and digital professionals for a chance to win a $5,000 prize.

Those interested in participating in the competitions should apply before Oct. 31.

ArabNet is a leading event, insights, and innovation program organizer focused on tech business and innovation in the MENA region. It organizes conferences for the tech sector in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Beirut; publishes news and analysis of the sector in their online news portal and produces original research and reports focused on the sector; and organizes custom-tailored innovation programs for corporations and governments.