A traditional handicraft exhibition to open in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Saturday seeks to promote aspiring women entrepreneurs and encourage their integration in various production sectors of the economy in the kingdom.
The planned exhibition will bring together 150 businesswomen, 40 families, 20 national factories and 10 charities across the Kingdom in cooperation with Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SACTA), according to Saudi Gazette.
The exhibition with the title the Handicraft Forum is organized by Al-Iba Wa Al-Ruqiy Establishment.
“It is wonderful to have an exhibition which gives an opportunity for unemployed women to become effective members of society,” said event organizer Hayfa Naji.
“This bazaar gives people a chance to do charity work in Ramadan. We are helping productive families to promote their products and present traditional handicrafts.”
The exhibition will include products like hand-woven clothes, embroideries, abayas, henna works, traditional foods, flower arrangements, perfumes and household accessories.
In addition to boosting local tourism, the event also aims at supporting small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Naji also notes that the growing number of Saudi exhibitions and functions is driven by efforts of the Saudi government to support local women and invest in their ambitions.
The exhibition also gives Saudi women the chance to attend various workshops and enter contests and other social activities.