First female-operated optical boutique in Jeddah unveiled

JEDDAH — Hassan Dahlan, secretary-general of the JCCI, called on the private sector to benefit from the decision of the Saudi Cabinet to allow 24-hour opening and stressed the need for the service activities, tourism and trade in Jeddah to take advantage of the decision, in order to strengthen Jeddah's position as a global, regional and local tourism destination.

Speaking during his inauguration of the first optical boutique operated by women in Jeddah, Dahlan also noted that the decision could benefit certain businesses to increase their profits. “Operating some shops around the clock will increase profits, especially food, pharmacies, restaurants and gas stations sectors in light of the increasing growth in consumer power and its expansion," he said.

He also said opening the first Saudi-owned optical boutique on Tahlia Street in Jeddah comes within the efforts and the commitment of the ministry to ensure proper provision of suitable and stable work environments, and expand work fields for Saudi women in the private sector, thus contributing to productivity and motivation in the workplace.

He pointed out that the inspirational young leaders under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has presented a clear strategy, programs and initiatives to support young people and help them start their new projects.

Dahlan toured the boutique accompanied by Nafel Al-Shalawi, a member of the Optical Committee at the Jeddah Chamber, and in the presence of a number of officials, businessmen and social figures.

In his speech, Nafel Al-Shalawi, a member of the Optical Committee at the Jeddah Chamber, pointed out that the optical market has grown tremendously during the past years. “There are many reasons for this growth in the optical market: a growing population, a growing concern for eye health and checkups, lifestyle changes, an increase in disposable income, and the convenience of teleconsulting. With this growth in the marketplace, now there are nearly 3,000 optical shops in the city of Jeddah alone, with investments exceeding SR500 million. He announced that the sector has “annual sales exceeding SR5 billion and the market is expanding all over the Kingdom,” he said. — SG

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