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  • 03 May 2014 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IBG Event of the Year 2014: Fashion, Jewellery and Motor, in participation with Lamborghini, Maserati, Antonio Grimaldi, and Toby by Hatem Alakeel.

    What better way to promote Italian culture than through fashion, cars and food? Guests were welcomed in April 2014 with an array of colorful Lamborghini cars at the entrance. The company, represented in the Kingdom by Al Ghassan Motors, recently debuted its new, 610-horsepower Lamborghini Huracán at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, which at $200,000 will be Lamborghini’s most affordable model once it is released at the second quarter of this year. Competitor Maserati, represented here by Fast Auto Technic Co., stood right next to it with its fleet of luxury cars. The Italian manufacturer began a transformation last year to become a serious player in the premium sports car segment, while its flagship Quattroporte was the best-selling model in 2013 and Saudi Arabia as one of the region’s fastest growing markets. The fashion part was taken care of by famous Italian designer Antonio Grimaldi, who had been flown into the Kingdom with his latest collection of evening gowns. His models, trained on the spot by ex-model Cristina Tamer, were wearing Jewellery Pieces by Jade Jewellery and accompanied by sleek gentlemen wearing stylish “Toby” thobes, designed by local star Hatem Alakeel. The guests were in the Saudi-Italian business sector, Italian nationals, diplomats, and other selected guests for an evening-long celebration of Italian culture. Porto Cervo restaurant’s Italian cooks served the most delicious lasagna, gnocchi and pizzas sprinkled with Parmigiano cheese especially brought in from Italy for the occasion.


  • 21 Mar 2014 6:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oscar-winning Italian movie screening at Indigo Beach Resort in March 2014.

    IBG arranged a movie night for the screening of The Great Beauty, which won the Oscars this year for best foreign language film category. The screening was held in the Cinema at Indigo Beach Resort, a luxurious private resort on the Red Sea.

  • 04 Mar 2014 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Italian Consulate, in cooperation with IBG, organized a dinner in March 2014 at Hilton Hotel for an Italian business delegation.

    A delegation of no less than 67 Italian companies were in the Kingdom to explore business opportunities in the fields of clean technology, healthcare, and infrastructure. The trip had been jointly organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Confederation of Italian Industries (Confindustria), and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE/ITA). Annalisa Bisson, head of European and International Affairs at Confindustria, said the clean technology and health care sectors had been chosen, because they are “hot topics” in the Kingdom. The Italian companies, of which 31 are working in the clean technology and 22 in the health care sector, were mainly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), while the 14 infrastructure companies were large enterprises. The Italian Consul General Simone Petroni welcomed the delegation in addition to a selection of Saudi business people with a dinner organized in cooperation with the Italian Business Group.


  • 19 Nov 2013 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Italian aircraft carrier, Cavour, which is part of the 30th Italian Naval Group, visited Saudi Arabia as part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Saudi-Italian diplomatic relations. During its five-day stopover in Jeddah, IBG had a lunch reception for their members and guests, followed by a tour of the carrier.

    A peculiar objective of the visit is related to displaying Italian entrepreneurial excellence is to promote the World Exposition (EXPO) in Milan in 2015, the rear admiral said, while promoting Italian products in important emerging markets. It is the first time an aircraft carrier hosts such an exposition.

    The mission is also unique in its wide range of public and private stakeholders involved in the campaign, such as the Italian ministers of foreign affairs, economic development, and cultural activities and tourism; the Institute of Foreign Commerce and various manufacturers ranging from electronic defense equipment and shipbuilding to wood and furniture.

  • 30 Oct 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Italian Consulate, in cooperation with IBG and the JCCI, organized a 6-day photo exhibition in October 2013 with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of preserving rural landscapes for economic, social and cultural evolution.

    The photo exhibition displayed the work of more than 74 researchers belonging to 14 Italian universities and two international institutions. Adnan Husain Mandora, the secretary general at the JCCI, welcomed businessmen, diplomats and guests on the occasion and expressed the JCCI’s pleasure to be the host of such an event that facilitates strong ties between international businessmen. Mauro Agnoletti, a professor from the University of Florence, shed light on the Italian experience with regard to maintaining the rural landscape and increasing economic, social development and cultural heritage. Agnoletti explained cultural identity, competitiveness and environmental quality of rural territories and the quality of life according to the initiatives taken to preserve Italian historical rural landscapes.


  • 28 Jul 2013 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IBG and JCCI signed in July 2013 a cooperation agreement to support joint actions, networking and knowledge-sharing between local and Italian entrepreneurs.

    JCCI Vice President Mazen Batterjee and President of IBG Executive Committee Bashar Jabban signed the deal in the presence of Italian Consul General Simone Petroni and Responsible of the Italian Consulate’s Commercial Office Renato Catania.

    The agreement falls within the JCCI’s general scope to make the Jeddah Governorate the business gate to the Kingdom and a favorable destination for businessmen and businesswomen willing to develop their regional and international business.

    The two parties particularly stressed the importance of joining efforts for creating trade and investment opportunities, promoting social and cultural relations, establishing administrative coordination, and incubating and fostering strategic initiatives related to key areas of cooperation.

  • 04 Jul 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Twenty-three members of the Italian and Saudi business community gathered on July 4th in the stylish premises of ‘Hq Interiors’ showroom in Jeddah to establish an Italian Business Group (IBG) in the Western Province under the auspices of the Italian Consulate General.

    IBG is Opened to all business entities having significant relations with Italy, as well as Italian entities engaged in business activities within the Western region, the IBG is conceived as a private non-profit association.

    Its aim is to foster trade activities between Italy and Saudi Arabia, bring together business opportunities and encourage mutual friendship and understanding.

    The organization will represent a platform for Italian and local entrepreneurs to exchange know-how, information and ideas and build a sense of community within a creative environment.


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