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Newsletter | 09/25/2018

GESALO-Newsletter Oktober 2017

Sehr geehrte(r) Frau/Herr Kunde,
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia celebrated its 87th National Day with large festivals and fireworks all around the country. The Saudi National Day gave another example of the changes taking place in the Kingdom. The “new spirit” of Saudi Arabia will not just boost the progress of the society, but it will also positively influence business opportunities for German companies in the Kingdom.

The future of the country could be witnessed in Frankfurt on September 21. Organized by GESALO and hosted by CCI Frankfurt, more than 80 highly qualified Saudi students discussed job and internship opportunities with German companies operating in the Kingdom. As a concrete follow-up, we just launched “JobXchange” - a job portal to match Saudi talents with potential German employers in KSA.

Finally I’m proud to underline that we are not just operating in Germany and Saudi Arabia. As one part of the global network of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) - with more than 130 locations in over 90 countries - we supported 47,900 members, hosted 4,800 events and organized more than 700 delegation trips in the past year. Especially in these fast-changing times, the AHKs are the ‘backbone’ of Germany’s increasingly globalized small and medium-sized companies and its local partners. Since 1978, GESALO has been part of this success story in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Have a good start to the new month!

Kind Regards
Oliver Oehms
Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen


Face-to-face with the German Economy

Saudi students welcomed by German business elite in Frankfurt

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Photo: IHK Frankfurt / Goetzke Photographie
On September 21, 2017, around 80 Saudi students met up with representatives of leading German companies such as Siemens Ltd., MAN Diesel & Turbo Saudia Arabia LLC, DETASAD and Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH in Frankfurt to discuss job and internship opportunities offered by German enterprises  in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The direct exchange between Saudi students and German companies was initiated by the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) and the hosting Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce. 

The fellows, supported by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, were offered a very special possibility: in individual interviews with the company's representatives, the participants got not only the chance to submit their CVs, but also discussed career opportunities and future job prospects. The Saudi students convinced the business representatives especially with their language skills. If German is generally known to be a difficult language, the participants brilliantly managed the presentations and interviews, which were held exclusively in German. "It was deeply impressive to see how enthusiastically the students get along with the challenges in a foreign country with a different educational system and bilingual lectures in German and English," outlined the event organizer Shaden Altoukhi, Government Relations Officer of GESALO.

Also Oliver Oehms, the Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, was very enthusiastic: „I was impressed by the level of professionalism and commitment of the young Saudi students and graduates. In my eyes, the Kingdom is very wisely investing in the potential of its citizens. I felt they are all keen to contribute to the achievement of the Saudi Vision 2030. We will definitely intensify our efforts to bridge between the German-trained students and the German business community. This is worth any effort from our end.”

In the presence of representatives of the Embassy of Saudi Arabia to Germany the event was underlined as a great success and an important signal for the future. In this context, GESALO is launching the job portal for German companies in Saudi Arabia, so called "JobXchange". Prospective Saudi talents can get information about job and internship opportunities offered by German companies in Saudi Arabia and can publish their CV to present themselves to German enterprises. "JobXchange" is expected to  strengthen the German-Saudi relations on the labor market and provide young Saudi professionals an oppoturnity to start and their career in reputbale German companies.
New: JobXChange

AHK Annual Report 2017:

German Export Record - AHKs as a driving force for the German foreign trade

47,900 members, 4,800 events, more than 700 delegation trips: The global network of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs) with more than 130 locations in more than 90 countries once again constituted a stable factor for the high export surpluses of the Federal Republic of Germany. German companies achieved a new export record in the previous year, which demonstrates and underlines the important role of German foreign trade.

The annual report, summarizing the 2016 activities of the worldwide network of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, delegations and representatives of German business, is the first of its kind. From now on the report will be published annually.
Read more - The full report

Learning German
- Goethe-Institute

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation.

The Goethe-Institute conveys a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life. The cultural and educational programs encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. With the network of the Goethe-Institute, Goethe Centers, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centers, the institute have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. The long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over 90 countries create enduring trust in Germany. The Goethe-Institute partner for everyone, who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. It sets internationally recognized standards in the teaching and learning of German as a foreign language and runs language courses, compiles teaching materials and trains teachers.

The Goethe-Institut for German Courses & Exams Riyadh offers since April 2014 German courses and the official Goethe exams for beginners and advanced. In addition, the Goethe-Institute Riyadh offers starting from October medicine online courses and teenager online courses with three presence phases in the Goethe-Institut in Riyadh. Starting from October the Institute will also offer weekend children courses.

If you have a more specific request, please contact:

+966 11 482 1445
+966 53 150 3402
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GESALO book recommondation:

"Saudi Arabien - Kaaba, Kadi und Kardamom"

German author Barbara Schumacher releases and presents fascinating insights of Saudi Arabia at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

Vision and Change: During the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017 (Oct 11-15),  Barbara Schumacher will present her new book "Saudi Arabien - Kaaba, Kadi und Kardamom" on Wednesday, October 11 (10.30 pm), at the booth of the Georg Olms Publishing House.

As a European woman alone on the road, Barbara Schumacher came back with unforgettable positive experiences and shows for the first time after the launch of the Vision 2030, comprehensive, well- and self-researched insights of the country and its people in book form.
Since 2000, Mrs. Schumacher has continually traveled the entire country to discuss the topics of economy, tourism, culture, cultural heritage, contemporary art, archeology, religion and women.

"Kaaba, Kadi und Kardamom" invites to forget about the prejudices and marvel at the stories and impressions. 
More information and pre-order

Saudi Business News

September 27, 2017 | Saudi Gazette
Deutsche Bank hosts Saudi Capital Markets Conference in London
September 26, 2017 | Arabian Business
Saudi Arabia allows women to drive
September 26, 2017 | Arab News
Saudi's King Salman congratulates German Chancellor on election win
September 26, 2017 | Arab News
Detasad sponsors Saudi CIO summit 2017
September 7 | Gulf News
Bahrain ranked as top destination for expatriates
More News

Upcoming Events in October

October 10-12, 2017 | Riyadh, Al Faisaliah Hotel
The Saudi Electricity Forum 2017
October 10, 2017 | Jeddah
German Business Circle Meeting
October 18-19 | Berlin, Hotel Adlon Kempinski
German-Arab Health Conference
October 23-24, 2017 | Riyadh, InterContinental
2nd Annual Trans Freight Logistics
October 29, 2017 | Riyadh
Dallal fi Almania DZT-Roadshow 2017

Further Events

November 11-15, 2017 | Riyadh, Jeddah
Water & wastewater delegation
November 26 - December 1 | Riyadh
State delegation Bavaria                    

December 4-7, 2017 | Riyadh, Jeddah
International Engineering
Conference and Exhibition

March 6-8, 2018 | Yanbu Al Sinaiyah
Saudi Downstream Forum 2018    

All Events

Trade fairs

Oct 4-6, Munich

EXPO REAL is Europe's largest real estate and investment trade fair. It represents the whole supply chain of the international real estate sector—all the important sectors are there, from conception and design through investment and financing, realization and marketing to operation and use.

As the largest B2B trade fair in Europe, EXPO REAL offers you the ideal conditions for efficient networking. EXPO REAL 2016 was shaped by the positive atmosphere in the investment and finance markets. In total, there were 1,768 exhibitors from 29 countries.

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Oct 10-12, Nuremberg

it-sa counts as one of the most important IT security exhibitions in the world, and this only a few years after its premiere. 489 exhibitors with themes such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) Defense, Private Clouds, Mobile Security Management and numerous other program highlights: all this was presented by it-sa 2016, Europe’s largest expo for IT security. 

Venue: Exhibition Centre Nuremberg

Opening times:
Daily: 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00

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GESALO Premium Partner

German-Saudi Business Magazine

August 2017

New Faces: Detasad-CEO Felix Thomas Wass
Cover Story: German support for Saudi Vision 2030
GESALO Special: Discover Diriyah
Bahrain Special: Line 6 Expansion Project
GESALO Partners: 30 years Lufthansa in Riyadh
GESALO's Favourite: Lusin, Armenian fine-dining
GESALO News: Merkel delegation in Jeddah, Catalogue Show in Riyadh

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