It’s often said that balloon artists speak a universal language, so it was with great excitement the first-ever Qualatex event was recently held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The chance to talk and create with over 100 fellow artists in a new region was thrilling!
Qualatex balloon distributor co-sponsored the highly successful event. “Ninety-two percent of the delegates from the event are saying they have learned a lot from the classes at the event which they will all be taking back to their businesses and implementing pretty much straight away,” said Ahmed Badawy, Balloonizer General Manager. Organizers observed cultural norms with great attention so that both men and women we were able to participate in the conference.
Instructors Dominic Cassidy, CBA, of All Things Fun, Durham, United Kingdom, and Stuart Davies, CBA, of Beyond Balloons, Tonyrefail, United Kingdom, received a warm welcome. Both taught a variety of designs with the focus on Celebration & Babies, Graduations and Weddings. In addition to classroom instruction, a CBA exam was held and two new certifications were awarded.
With such a great start to balloon education, plans are already underway for a 2019 Middle East event. to stay up-to-date on events in the region.