In the meantime, BroadcastPro ME is hosting its second annual sports conference, this time under the sponsorship of IP Studios.
The number of varied stories emerging from Saudi Arabia in the last couple of months has been fascinating. While the rest of the world is struggling to slowly find its feet again, Saudi Arabia has used this opportunity to move full throttle to catch up with the rest of the world. And kudos to them for the numerous efforts that they are putting together. Reports from those who have travelled to the Kingdom and back are not just positive but also full of excitement on the kind of change they are witnessing. For a struggling GCC economy, Saudi Arabia’s makeover could not have come at a better time.
One such fascinating example is Neom, a futuristic city within the province of Tabuk in Saudi Arabia, which will have its own governance and jurisdiction, and even its own airport. Some of the stories emerging are not just remarkable, they are awe-inspiring. Besides the fact that they are investing in some big-budget films there, building the world’s largest sound stages and games studios and attracting a lot of foreign investment, we hear the city has no cars. Everyone will use bicycles or walk to get to their destination.
But it’s not just Neom. The expanded four-cycle funding from Red Sea Fund, the huge investment in filmmaking and growing local talent … the fact that all these things are happening in parallel is encouraging and inspiring. Now, to make that trip to Saudi Arabia!
In the meantime, BroadcastPro ME is hosting its second annual sports conference, this time in conjunction with our title sponsor IP Studios.
Besides covering other sports, we have a special focused panel on cricket this year owing to the increased interest in the sport and big plans to bring a league-scale cricket event to the UAE. Attendance at the event is free, so do register at http://2022.fsbsummit.com to attend. I look forward to seeing you online.