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Newsletter | September 2019

GESALO Business & Event News

Dear Partners and Friends,

This is the first issue of the newsletter since I arrived in Riyadh two weeks ago.
After having headed the AHK office in Abu Dhabi for the last 15 years, I am familiar with the region and have been very excited to come to Saudi Arabia. With the 2030 vision and the realization of very exciting projects as well as the upcoming G 20 summit, I feel it is the right time to be here. I have already met a few of you and have visited some local authorities.

I am looking forward to welcome you in our office or on one of our upcoming events soon.

On the occasion of the 89th celebration of the Saudi National Day, myself and the whole GESALO Team would like to express their best wishes to all citizen and residents.

With best regards from Riyadh,
Dr. Dalia Samra Rohte
Delegate of German Industry & Commerce for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen

Top 10 Saudi/Bahraini Startups enchant experts and crowed

The top 10 Startups presented their ambitious projects

3rd edition of the GESALO German-Saudi Startup Competition

GESALO had called upon startups in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to apply for the competition.
This time, the competition was aiming to find the best high-tech startups in the fields of IoT (Internet of Things) and health care.

The pitch event took place at the BMW showroom in Jeddah on July 9 with the participation of around 200 guests, local entrepreneurs, investors as well as speakers from the respective sectors.

GESALO organized the event in cooperation with the German Embassy in Riyadh, the German Consulate in Jeddah, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology as well as the chambers of commerce in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam.

The event was supported by companies such as Alexander & Partner, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors, Detasad, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Lufthansa, SAP, and Siemens Healthineers.

Speakers like Michel Atallah (CEO, Siemens Healthineers), Stratis Pelekidis (SAP DGTAL X) and Fabian Blumberg (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung) underlined the importance and accountability of companies and institutions to support startups and innovative ideas, especially in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Holger Ziegeler, German consul general, said: “Most of the big companies were once a startup.”

The jury and the audience followed the innovative pitches and ideas of 10 Saudi and Bahraini startups with great interest. Followed by their three-minute presentations, the startups had to face questions and convince the jury of their project.

It was a tight competition in the field of IoT. Mustafa Mousa won for his team at SADEEM International Company.
In the health care sector, Zahra Amohanna convinced the jury of her concept as CEO and founder of YouPositive.

End of September the two winners will participate in the Startup Germany Tour in Munich. They will have the opportunity to meet investors, network with other international Startups as well as visit the Founders Festival "Bits & Pretzels".

For more information please contact: Mrs. Iman Staab

GESALO Premium Platinium Partners 2019 

Franco-German Delegation - Industry 4.0

Bpifrance and ODDO BHF in cooperatioin with GESALO are delighted to invite you to participate in an exclusive “Industry 4.0” mission in Saudi Arabia.

The mission will gather 12 companies, 6 French and 6 German companies respectively selected by Bpifrance and ODDO BHF. The mission will last 4 days (travel excluded) and will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the local ecosystem and to meet corporates and future clients thanks to tailormade B2B meetings.

Our aim is to capitalize on the Franco-German partnership by bringing industry and innovation to the forefront of the Saudi emerging but challenging market. Saudi Arabia is growing and diversifying its economy: the industrial and manufacturing sectors in particular drive this diversification.

The development and growth of the industrial and manufacturing sectors are being catalyzed by an attractive ecosystem consisting of industrial cities, well-developed infrastructure, high-quality utility supplies, and a well-established logistics network.

In this respect, this mission will provide visibility to companies to reach the best level of contacts in both private and public sectors. Above all, it will be a good occasion to develop relations between the members of the delegation, fostering French-German bilateral relations.


Latest GSBM is out!

Click on the picture to read our GSBM online!
The German-Saudi Business Magazine (GSBM) is released three times a year and published in English. It provides current and informative background reports as well as interviews about the German-Saudi economy.

Our magazine lives from our readers and contributors. That's why we are always looking for interesting topics to have our finger firmly on the pulse. If your company has a German / Saudi / Bahraini business relationship, you are involved in a project in Germany or Saudi Arabia or if you are interested in attracting investors in Germany/Saudi Arabia, we invite you to share your thoughts and knowledge with the readers of the German-Saudi-Business Magazine.

The next GSBM will be published in December 2019 with the focus on "Renewable Energy".

You would like to place an ad in our GSBM? We are happy to advise you individually regarding your benefits, the different ad formats and prices.

For more information please contact: Mrs. Iman Staab

Trade Fair News

The interpack 2020 trade fair is totally booked out. By the time the official registration deadline for the most important international event for the packaging industry and related process industries had arrived, businesses had inquired about far more space than was available at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre – as had already been the case with the previous editions.

The around 3,000 exhibitors expected from approximately 60 countries will therefore again be occupying all 18 of the available halls as well as large parts of the outdoor facilities when the fair takes place from 7 to 13 May 2020. ‘components – special trade fair by interpack’ with offerings from the industry that supplies packaging technologies, is in its third edition and will again be staged entirely concurrently with interpack in the temporary Hall 18, is also totally booked out.

One ticket entitles holders to admission to both fairs. Read more...

For more information please contact: Mr. Asif Ansari

Mark your calendar!

Geschäftsanbahnung für deutsche Unternehmen im Bereich Logistik

Solar Energy (on- and offgrid PV) in KSA

Vom 01. bis 06. Dezember 2019 führt MENA Business GmbH in Kooperation mit der AHK Saudi-Arabien und mit Unterstützung der Logistics Alliance Germany (LAG), im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), eine Geschäftsanbahnung nach Saudi-Arabien (Riad und Dschidda) durch.
Es handelt sich dabei um eine projekt-bezogene Fördermaßnahme im Rahmen des BMWi-Markterschließungsprogramms für KMU.
Interessierte Unternehmen können sich bei Herrn Jan Müller anmelden.
Weitere Infos finden Sie auf unserer Webseite.

From 24.-28. November 2019 an AHK trade mission to Saudi Arabia comprising up to eight German companies offering sustainable tech-nologies and smart solutions in the field of Solar Energy in Saudi Arabia will take place in Riyadh.
On the 25. November GESALO will organize a Symposium that will showcase the expertise and the latest energy solutions from Germany and Saudi Arabia.
This conference provides a forum for networking, specialist talks, discussing current developments and the policy environment for smart energy solutions.
If you are interested in cooperating with German companies, GESALO will organise individual business meetings at your request throughout the afore-mentioned week.
This way you can gain insights into the products and services they offer and explore business opportunities with them.

For more information please contact: Mr. Jan Müller

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