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Saudi Arabia's GEA launches website for 'Riyadh Season' participant applications

The event will run from October 15 to December 15

Saudi Arabia's GEA launches website for 'Riyadh Season' participant applications
Taif’s Summer Season, which began on August 1, has created as many as 15,000 jobs.

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has launched a website for applications from companies and people hoping to participate in the upcoming ‘Riyadh Season’, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The event will run from October 15 to December 15.

Among those who can apply are the recreational event organisers, volunteers, sponsors, photo enthusiasts and caterers.

All forms are now available online and, once submitted, will be evaluated by a committee.

According to the GEA, interested people and entities have until the end of the month to submit applications. The SPA report said decisions will be announced no later than mid-September.

Saudi Arabia has organised 11 festivals – or ‘seasons’ - to help boost domestic and international tourist numbers in the kingdom.

Earlier in August, it was announced that Taif’s Summer Season, which began on August 1, has created as many as 15,000 jobs in addition to significant investment opportunities for young Saudis and SMEs.

SMEs account for 22 percent of the kingdom’s GDP, making it the second largest contributor after the oil and gas sector. SMEs also make up more than 90 percent of private sector businesses in the country.

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aims to increase SME contribution to 35 percent.

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