When one hears the term “speed dating” it’s usually associated with single men and women who gather in a common location with the intent to meet each under. Each man and woman is giving a specific amount of time where they can sit down and chat with one another before time is up and then they move on to chat with someone else for the same amount of time. If a man and woman feel they are compatible with one another they will generally exchange contact information before moving on to the next individuals to be met.
Speed dating is not a term one expects to hear in association with Saudi Arabia and especially a conservative capital city like Riyadh. Yet, Riyadh recently held its first speed dating event…with a twist!
Towards maximizing the time available for direct and focused networking, a professional women’s group in Riyadh recently held their first speed dating event. At this event, a small group of professional women had the opportunity to discuss a specific topic or address a question for three minutes before the question and rotation of women would change. This was an opportunity for professional women in Riyadh from differing fields of expertise and nationalities to network, share knowledge and build both personal and professional relationships.
The women came to the event from different backgrounds. They were comprised of business owners, doctors, consultants and managers. The expatriate women in particular were able to gain a better understanding of what it is like to work in Saudi Arabia as a woman.
The event was such a success that future “speed dating” networking sessions among women are planned.
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