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Newsletter | June 2019

GESALO Business & Event News

Dear Partners and Friends,
reaching the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan we are approaching the summer season in Germany. Still, business life is in full swing: with transport logistic the world’s leading trade fair for the logistics sector is taking place just during the Eid Celebrations, Munich is worth a (business) trip even in early June!
As we talk about it: Europe’s biggest Startup Conference ‘Bits & Pretzels 2019’, also in Munich, will be welcoming the winners of our 3rd Saudi-German Startup Competition that we will organize on July 9th in Jeddah.

Please contact Mrs. Iman Staab for further information on our Competition.

See you in Jeddah?

The GESALO Team wishes you and your family a blessed Eid Holiday.

With best regards from Riyadh,
Oliver Oehms
Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen

GESALO Business Iftar
in cooperation with White & Case

GESALO & White Case welcomed numerous business partners to this year's Iftar

Annual Business Iftar at the Burj Rafal Hotel

Also this year, GESALO organized a Business Iftar in cooperation with White & Case.
Numerous business partners and representatives of governmental agencies accepted this invitation and participated in the event.
Mr. Oliver Oehms, Delegate of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) opened the event with a welcome speech, followed by H.E. Ambassador Jörg Ranau and Dr. Murad M. Daghles, Partner at White & Case, who highlighted the personal and business importance of sponsoring this event for him.

At the subsequent Iftar, the business partners had the opportunity to exchange news and network.

Should you be interested in cooperating with us in a similar event, please contact

GESALO Premium Platinium Partners 2019 

InterSolar 2019

Presentation by our colleague, Mr. Quentin Blommaert, at the InterSolar 2019 

The energy transition is in full swing, propelled by always larger renewable energy capacities being installed worldwide. For the produced renewable energy to be properly used, loads of innovations are already available and more upcoming. In that framework, the Smarter E Europe has become the place to be where the energy industry meets and exhibits its most innovative solutions fostering a green energy future.

Under the umbrella of the Smarter E Europe, the Intersolar is one of four trade fairs running in parallel (next to the ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power), which has imposed itself as the world´s leading exhibition for the solar industry.

The German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs-GESALO follows with great attention the development taking place in the Saudi energy sector. This year again GESALO attended the Intersolar and accompanied a group of Saudi companies for a tailor-made guided tour. Additionally, Mr. Blommaert had the opportunity to make a short presentation during the Intersolar 2019 unfolding the still untapped solar energy potential in the Kingdom and the growing opportunities arising for German companies.

After a very successful Intersolar 2019, GESALO is looking forward to welcoming German solar companies for its upcoming solar delegation taking place from 17th until 21st November 2019 in Riyadh. Based on last years´ successes, GESALO is already targeting the Intersolar 2020 taking place from 17th until 19th June 2020 in Munich.

See you there!

More information on Trade Fairs

Business Circle @SAGIA

          Interested Business Partners attended this event at SAGIA
The Business Circle in May was organized in a collaboration with SAGIA and held at their premises. The attendees were welcomed in SAGIA’s spectacular theatre by the Governor of SAGIA, HE Ibrahim Alomar, Mr. Jan Mueller, GESALO’s deputy delegate and Mrs. Milena Dech, Economic Attaché of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, who underlined the important relationship between Saudi Arabia and Germany.

In the following, the group received excellent presentations by the representative of the Executive committee for improving the performance of business in the private sector (Tayseer) as well as SAGIA’s knowledgeable sector representatives of the following sectors:  Information, Communication & Technology, Manufacturing, Energy & Water and Construction & Housing. The presentations were of an excellent quality and very much appreciated by the attendees.

The group was also treated to an unexpected surprise, when children came into the theatre to distribute sweets announcing the soon to begin holy month of Ramadan.

After the presentations, the attendees indulged in deep discussions with the SAGIA representatives and used the opportunity to network among each other around a delicious breakfast buffet.

We would like to thank the SAGIA team, especially Mr. Almutlak for the excellent collaboration in the past and in this event. We are lucky to count on such motivated partners. 

For further Information please contact Ms. Hanna Riehle

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GESALO Cooperation Partner

Upcoming Events

04. - 07.06.2019 | Munich
Transport Logistic - Trade Fair
18.06.2019 | Jeddah
Business Circle
23.06.2019 | Riyadh
Business Circle
25.- 27.06.2019 | Berlin / Germany
22nd Arab-German Business Forum
All Events

GESALO Gold Partners 2019

Saudi German Startup Competition 2019!

Extended Deadline!

Are you a high-tech startup in the market testing phase and working
on one of followingindustrial tracks:
IoT or Healthcare?

Then apply now and get the chance to participate in the international roadshow
Start.Up! Germany 2019! ​

Organized by GESALO the best applicants will pitch in front of an expert jury members from
top German, Saudi and Bahraini institutions on July 9, 2019 in Jeddah!

Deadline for the application is June 13, 2019.

An high-ranked jury will select the best startups, which are going to participate in a fully-covered one-week guided startup tour in Germany from September 25 to October 1, 2019.

More details on our website.

Mark your calendar


Iman Staab
PR & Communications Manager

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