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  • 12 Mar 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Italian Design day came for the first time to Jeddah accordingly with the international initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair to celebrate and promote all over the world the Italian excellence in Design industry. Main sponsors of the initiative are also La Triennale and Salone del mobile di Milano.

    In collaboration between the Italian Business Group and Distretto Design of Jeddah, Italian Design Day showcased Italian-made products under the umbrella of the Italian Consulate General and Jeddah’s Chamber of Commerce.

    The Italian Cultural Section in Jeddah hosted the three-days exhibition and the related workshops, held by the representatives of the 11 Italian interior brands showcased and exclusively distributed in Jeddah by Distretto Design.

    Distretto Design’ exceptional commitment made possible to present on Jeddah scene some of the most iconic pieces made by the prestigious Italian brands, that managed to ship them directly from Italy for the occasion.

    The opening event took place on Sunday, March 12 at the presence of the Ambassador in Riyadh, HE Luca Ferrari and the Consul in Jeddah, HE Elisabetta Martini. Special guest of Italian Design Day was the dean of the Design Institute of Urbino, Professor Leonardo Romei, who was the event’s ambassador of Italian Design.

    In his introductive speech to the exhibition, Prof. Romei gave a theoretical approach to promote and encourage the collaboration among universities in terms of student exchange between KSA and Italy.

    Bashar Jabban commented the initiative highlighting how its objectives are fully shared with IBG values to foster the exchange of culture, knowledge and expertise between our two countries as the main way to promote business.

    Among the companies showcased, B & B Italia, Slamp, Alessi and Italprogram Plus.

  • 31 Dec 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In occasion of the stop in Jeddah of the Italian Frigate FREMM Carabiniere, IBG, with the patronage of Italian Consulate, organized a reception at the Italian Cultural Section on Saturday, December 31. French and American Business Groups were involved and collaborate to the success of the event.

    Special guests were all the officers boarded the frigate, and commander Francesco Pagnotta, who were pleased to have the occasion to meet with the international community in Jeddah.

    The Italian anti-submarine warship Carabiniere has made Jeddah its first and only stop in the Gulf on a route that will take it to Singapore and Australia. The visit, billed as a sign of friendship between the Kingdom and Italy, will help to strengthen bilateral ties in the naval and maritime sectors within the framework of international naval cooperation. The stopover of this ship will also enable Italy to showcase FREMM’s design and capabilities, with the frigate being a candidate in Australia’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

    Carabiniere belong to the new European multi-purpose frigate (FREMM) class, a class of frigates designed by the French DCNS and the Italian Fincantieri in a joint program to replace the existing destroyers and frigates within the French and Italian navies. The Carabiniere is fitted with the latest-generation platform and combat systems, based on state-of-the-art military and civil standards.

    It can perform a wide range of missions, including civilian tasks such as rescue and humanitarian assistance.

    During the naval mission presentation, held at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) by HE Elisabetta Martini and commander Pagnotta, it has been also announced that 60 young Saudis would be trained in Italian academies — 10 of them in the naval academy — in the coming year.

    JCCI Vice Chairman Mazen Batterjee said the companies that built the warship were invited to invest in Saudi Arabia “to transfer their expertise and technical knowledge ... as we aspire to make the Kingdom a manufacturer and builder of such ships, not only a consumer and importer.”

  • 21 Nov 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Monday, November 21 to Sunday, November 27, 2016, Jeddah experienced a full week festival of the original Italian Cuisine, brought to Jeddah by the Italian Consulate with the collaboration of IBG.

    “Our aim is to promote the philosophy that Italian lifestyle is simple but exclusive,” said Elisabetta Martini, Consul General of Italy in Jeddah.“We want to promote our brand, but we also want to promote our philosophy of having a healthy diet, as it is very important when it comes to places like Saudi Arabia where people suffer from diabetes and obesity.”

    The opening of the festival – which was sponsored by Saudi brands Sharbatly Fruit and Saudia Airlines — hosted special guest Chef Marco Martini from Rome. Chef Marco is owner of The Corner restaurant, and in 2013 was named the best emerging chef in Italy.

    The opening event was dedicated to Italian Street Food, with more than 300 guests, all enthusiast Saudi food lovers: the Italian Cultural Section became the set-up of an original Italian Piazza during the traditional village yearly celebrations, with many small kiosks illuminated at party, offering Italian street food specialties prepared for the occasion by the chefs from Hilton, Park Hyatt, Intercontinental and Rossopomodoro. More kiosks were run by Sitaf, (Italian gastronomy food importer), Italian Mall (Italian table and kitchenware), Manuel supermarkets and Sharbatlyfruit.

     Among the many visitors who attended on the first day was HE Matthias Mitman, the Jeddah-based Consul General of the United States. “Italian food is very popular in the United States” he commented, “and I think it is going to be very popular with Saudis as well.
    I think food helps open people’s minds up to different tastes, different experiences and they have a better appreciation of other cultures when they sample and try their foods.”

    Several social media celebrities made it to the opening day, including members of Foodies KSA, a Saudi Arabia-based group of food lovers who review restaurants, share recipes and healthy tips, and cover food events. Baraa Al-Khateeb (food consultant and photographer at the Food Links Magazine, known for giving English lessons on Instagram and Snapchat by the name of ‘Teacher Muhammed’) said he thought the Italian Cuisine Week was a “brilliant” initiative. “I think the place was fantastic, the food was amazing… I have had the chance to try new dishes and some new pasta recipes,” he said. “In my opinion, Italian food is the best on earth and today’s experience proved my point!”

    Mrs. Al-Khateeb stressed that, despite the language barrier, food and music can bring people together — something seen later in the evening with a musical performance by pianist Vincenzo Provenzano and singer Azad Iqbal.

    The Italian Cuisine continued throughout the week with different events having chef Martini and the delicious Italian recipes as protagonists: three exclusives cooking lessons for amateurs, meetings with the international chefs working at the prominent restaurants and hotels to share professional knowledge in preparation of the Italian menus that all the involved restaurant were offering during the week, visits to supermarkets and food related stores. 

    Chef Martini had also the occasion to propose his most innovative preparations at the special Gala Dinner held at the Italian Cultural Section on Wednesday, 23 for the members of Chaine des Rotisseurs, the relevant international gastronomic association who was also sponsor of the initiative.

  • 23 Oct 2016 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In occasion of the celebration of the Italian Language Week in the World, the Italian Consulate in Jeddah, with the collaboration of IBG, proposed the two-days event “Parlare Italiano.Progettare Italiano”, to highlight the link between design, architecture and language, with the exhibition of four Italian architects working in the region (Studio 65 by Franco Audrito, Linea Progetti , Archiade and Vincenzo Provenzano for Urban Design Group) and a series of roundtables with industry experts.

    The exhibition was hosted at the Italian Cultural Section and the professional set up was curated by the same architectural firm’ teams.

    The concept behind the exhibition was that Italian is not only the language of arts and music but also the language of creativity and is embedded in the know-how and expertise which are the added value of Italian professionalism.


    Italian architects represent the bulk of the Italian community in Jeddah, some of them residing here even from more than thirty years, and they were always being highly appreciated for their work in projects of both private villas  and resorts as well as industrial installations.

    As ambassadors of the Italian culture in terms of beauty conjugated to functionality, through their realizations Italian architects introduced to Jeddah original architectural style concepts as well as innovation in life-style, making it more open minded and functional, even in energy saving terms, and contributed to the modernization of the country.

    Four architects of different ages, fame and provenance (Milan, Turin, Rome, Palermo) exhibited their projects in Saudi Arabia, showing the creative process starting from the idea, throughout the design and finally the realization phase.

    Interactive workstations have supported the visualization of the creative process.

    The four architects were joined by B & B Italia (distributed in Jeddah by Distretto Design) and by an Italian company specialized in outdoor design furniture (Vivan- the Italian Lab), who have chosen some of their most iconic pieces to exhibit, showing the process of realization, from the sketch to the industrial chain.

    “Parlare Italiano. Progettare Italiano” was a great occasion to put one of the best part of Italian culture under the spotlight and to bring together professionals, business people, students, teachers and all lovers of Beauty under the umbrella of #vivereallitaliana (living Italian style).


  • 20 Apr 2016 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Consulate General of Italy in Jeddah and Italian Business Group (IBG) held on Wednesday 20th at the Italian Cultural section a Private Cocktail Dinatoire Dinner to honor and welcome the newly appointed Ambassador of Italy in KSA, H.E. Luca Ferrari, and Vogue Italia delegation, for the first time in Saudi Arabia in occasion of the three days’ fashion extravaganza “Vogue Fashion Experience in Jeddah by Rubaiyat”.

    Vogue Fashion Experience Jeddah was a unique event in which 10 young Saudi female designers, selected through the Saudi Talents Scouting Committee, were the protagonists of 3 days dedicated to Fashion, with exhibitions, conferences, networking meetings and social events. The collaboration between Vogue Italia and Rubaiyat, in the persons of Sheikh Abdullah Binzagr and Mrs. Wafaa Abbar Binzagr, founder members of IBG, made possible an extraordinary event that had its focus on culture and education exchange between Italy and Saudi Arabia.

    Among its goals, Italian Business Group aims to promote a network that facilitates young Saudi designers’ access to Italian production resources, and Vogue event offered the opportunity to highlight it.

    The evening took place at the Italian Cultural Section and saw the participation of numerous international guests from the fashion business, as Mrs. Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia Editor in Chief, Mrs. Silvia Venturini Fendi, Mrs. Alberta Ferretti, Stella Jean, Delfina Delletrez Fendi, Farida Khelfa, Linda Morselli and Sita Abellan, which gathered together with IBG members, guests, representatives of the event sponsors and influent personalities from Jeddah business community.

    Qusai Kheder, the Saudi popular hip hop artist, had an acclaimed performance and the soiree was accompanied by the background music of the live piano played by Maestro Vincenzo Provenzano.

    This unique event was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of AlGhassan Motors, Sharbatly Fruit, Ayan Holding and Bulgari and was covered by national and international magazines and newspapers.



  • 19 Apr 2016 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, April 19, in occasion of the first visit to Jeddah od HE Luca Ferrari, Ambassador of Italy newly appointed in Riyadh, IBG organized a reception dinner at the residence of dr. Bashar Jabban.

    Mr. Ferrari joined the Foreign and Diplomatic Service in 1986. In his first tour of duty abroad he was posted in Moscow and subsequently in Washington DC.

    He served as Executive Assistant to the Foreign Minister in Rome and was later promoted Director for Near Eastern Affairs, a position that he held until his (second) departure for Washington, D.C., in 2005. In the US, Mr. Ferrari served as Minister Counselor for Public and Legislative Affairs.

    In 2009 he moved to Spain where he was appointed Deputy Head of Mission of the Italian Embassy in Madrid. In October 2013 he returned to Rome and was designated Deputy General Director for Global Affairs and Central Director for Economic and Financial Multilateral Cooperation at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    In December 2015 Mr. Ferrari was nominated Ambassador of Italy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took up his duties in Riyadh March 7, 2016.

    Mr. Ferrari holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Rome. He is a contributor to "Aspenia", the geo-political magazine of the Aspen Institute Italy. He holds regular talks for the Executive Management Programme of the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

    He was born in Rome, October 28, 1961. He is married and has one son.

    The Ambassador attended the IBG dinner accompanied by HE Elisabetta Martini and had the opportunity to meet IBG members and representatives of the Italian business community in Jeddah.


  • 15 Apr 2016 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A marketing networking event organized by Italian Business Group and the Italian Consulate in Jeddah as part of a series of events promoting Italian lifestyle and products


    Reem Faisal Bridal and Evening Couture with her Italian influenced cocktail/ evening collection

    The event was introduced by an interesting discussion panel about the cultural values and influences of Italian fashion on Saudi designers and fashion economy, in terms of creative inspiration and interdependence of resources.

    Speakers:

    • Reem Faisal, Bridal and evening couturier/ creative director of Eve Haute Couture
    • Dina Kattan, Director of the Fashion and Design program at DAH University in  Jeddah
    • Bakry Alkaff, Creative Director and Brand Consultant, Pattern Agency  
    • Noha Sindi, image consultant and personal shopper, Moderator
    • Sitra, established company importing and commercializing Haute Couture fabrics in Jeddah, kindly provided the samples of beautiful Italian materials displayed on the stage, that inspired the discussion.

    The following fashion show has enchanted the guests for the lightness and originality of Reem’s creations. The Italian Cultural Section was a perfect location for enhancing the show, with an elegant and careful selection of lights and music.

    The House of Flavors, with its delicious mocktails and tasting of a selection of Italian gourmet specialties, and Danube Supermarkets greatly contributed to the success of the event.

    Event Coordinator: @chessgala

    Music & entertainment: @djelfuego

    Photography: @klo.photography

    Model: @saria.nassif

  • 10 Mar 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 6th edition of BIG5 – International Building and Construction show – took place in Jeddah from 7 to 10 March 2016 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events.

     

    Among the 36 exhibiting countries, Italy was well represented by a large group of exhibitors from every sector of Italian building industry. 

     

    IBG was pleased to extend to its members the invite of H.E. Elisabetta Martini, Consul General in Jeddah and Honorary President of IBG to a networking lunch to meet the Italian exhibitors.


    The lunch was held at the Italian Cultural Section  with the participation of ICE Institute for foreign trade representative from Riyadh dr. Giuseppe Lamacchia. 

    Among the many Italian companies present, Invernizzi Group, Ariston Thermo SPA, Gamma Meccanica, Fratelli Rattini rubinetterie SPA  


  • 03 Mar 2016 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Consulate General of Italy in Jeddah and Italian Business Group (IBG) held on Wednesday 20th at the Italian Cultural section a Private Cocktail Dinatoire Dinner to honor and welcome the newly appointed Ambassador of Italy in KSA, H.E. Luca IBG was pleased to extend to its members the invitation at the business dinner hosted by the Consul General of Italy and Honorary President of IBG, H.E. Elisabetta Martini, at her residence to meet Mr. Marco Ferioli, head of Sace Dubai, visiting Jeddah in occasion of Jeddah Economic Forum.

    Sace is the Italian Export Credit Agency competent for financing export projects with Italian companies.

    The JEF panel “Support your project with Sace, the Italian export credit agency” took place at Hilton Hotel in front of a large and attentive audience.

  • 29 Feb 2016 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A marketing networking event organized by the Italian Consulate and Italian Business Group in Jeddah as part of a series of events promoting Italian lifestyle and products.

    How to make a healthy, original Italian pizza at home, in your kitchen?

    Raimondo Chiacchiera from Rossopomodoro restaurant in Jeddah unveiled the secrets on how to obtain a perfect pizza starting from  selecting the right ingredients, through the delicate process of the dough preparation and the perfect cooking.

    IBG guests were actively involved in each single step of the preparation and finally tasted the result of their hard work!

    All the original Italian ingredients, from the flour to the tomatoes and the virgin olive oil, were kindly provided  by Rossopomodoro, a brand that represents the Italian professionalism in restauration business.  


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About ISBG

The Italian Saudi Business Group (ISBG) is an Italian private non-for-profit business association that operates in Saudi Arabia under the patronage of the Italian Consulate General and The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah