Launch of 5G corporate services in KSA in 2020

12/10/19

Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, was speaking at the STC Media Club meeting held on the sidelines of GITEX 2019 in Dubai.

Nasser bin Sulaiman Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, said STC has increased the number of sites equipped with 5G in various regions across Saudi Arabia. He said the fifth-generation (5G) corporate services will be launched in early 2020 and that today the Kingdom is considered among the countries best prepared for the launch of these services.

During the STC Media Club meeting held on the sidelines of GITEX 2019 in Dubai, Al-Nasser said the Kingdom’s support to the telecommunications sector has contributed to the development and growth of this sector, as well as improvement of its infrastructure in record time, in order to achieve the digital transformation goals outlined in Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020.

In this context, he pointed out that InspireU, the Kingdom’s first corporate incubator/accelerator for startups addressing ICT/digital innovation, features 28 projects, with a total investment value of SR60 million ($16 million).

Al-Nasser said: “The market value of these investments is SR300 million. InspireU includes 16 million employees, and has contributed to the creation of 160,000 employment opportunities, including part-time jobs.”

Abdullah Al-Kanhal, senior VP of corporate affairs at STC, said InspireU, along with STC, supports innovative youth projects with funds and expertise.

New media specialist Dr. Ammar Bakkar showcased a presentation entitled “The Impact of 5G Networks on the Future of Telecommunications and Media.” Furthermore, three projects supported by the Saudi telecom giant were also highlighted. These include: Micro-lending application Sulfah; Carwah, which provides integrated data to facilitate car rental services; and Ayen, which aims at helping in the assessment of the effectiveness of prefabricated houses.

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King Abdul Aziz Medical City a pioneer in heart disease treatment

Time: October 09, 2019

 

Dr. Abdulmohsen Almusaad

King Abdul Aziz Medical City for Health Affairs in Riyadh recently witnessed several complex arrhythmia ablation procedures including hereditary and acquired ventricular arrhythmia, both of which have high mortality rates.

The procedure uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats.

The operations were performed under the direct supervision of Dr. Abdulmohsen Almusaad, consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at King Abdul Aziz Medical City.

“Performing such complex procedures constitutes an important strategic transformation for King Abdul Aziz Medical City in terms of the role such surgeries can play in reducing the suffering of heart patients,” said Dr. Almusaad.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today is confidently forging toward its medical renaissance, especially in the treatment of heart disease, and in this regard it is the first in the Middle East. King Abdul Aziz Medical City is exerting strenuous efforts to provide safe treatments for patients with cardiac conditions and endeavors to keep pace with the latest medical technologies in this field. Such medical achievements come at a time when the Kingdom is witnessing significant transformations in the context of its medical renaissance inspired by the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030,” he added.

The technology of the EnSite Precision Navx System (3D Mapping) for Cardiac Foci Mapping as well as other technologies such as the HD Grid Diagnostic Mapping Catheter introduced by Abbott Medical contributed to the success of all the operations hitherto performed, including those for cases of “sudden death syndrome” and Brugada syndrome, which were performed for the first time in the Middle East. World Heart Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 29 every year, was observed this year under the motto “My Heart … Your Heart.”

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Arab Fashion Week: Key designers who will take to the stage

06/10/19

A model walks on the catwalk displaying designs by Amato Couture during Arab Fashion Week in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on May 9, 2018. (Photo by Ismail KASSIM / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION – TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

DUBAI: The Dubai-based event is set to run from Oct. 9-14 at City Walk and features designers from across the world, including these creative talents.

Hussein Bazaza

Lebanese designer Bazaza graduated from ESMOD Beirut before going on to launch his own line in 2012. The designer is known for his whimsical, fairy tale-like style that often has a dark edge.

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Rami Kadi

Lebanese designer Rami Kadi is known for his unconventional take on high-end sartorial design and often works with unexpected materials like plexi-glass.

Sophia Nubes

The Italian brand, helmed by two creative heads, will show off its latest collection at Arab Fashion Week on Thursday.

Dhruv Kapoor

Indian designer Kapoor graduated from Istituto Marangoni, before joining Etro’s womenswear design team. He moved back to India in late 2013 and showed off his first capsule collection in 2014.

Nora Al-Shaikh

The Saudi designer launched her namesake label in 2012 after studying fashion at Riyadh’s Arts and Skills Institute. “I’m sharing my culture with a global audience while showing one aspect of what it means to be a Saudi in the 21st century,” she told the Arab Fashion Week website.

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Dubai-based label ASMARAÏA is all about interpreting traditional Eastern clothing to create modern variations — all while maintaining modesty.

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How young Saudi engineers restored oil production after attack on Abqaiq

Time: October 02, 2019  

Saudi Aramco CEO Amin H. Nasser, right, addresses the engineers on the work in restoring production back to its pre-attack levels. (Aramco/Twitter)

TAREK MISHKHAS

Attacks last month on Saudi oil facilities were an attack on the heart of the global energy industry, as Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has pointed out. The region accounted for about 30 percent of the world’s energy supplies and 4 percent of its GDP, and about 20 percent of global trade passed through the Gulf, the crown prince said in a TV interview broadcast on Sunday night.

“Imagine if all of these three things were to stop. That would mean a total collapse of the global economy, and not just Saudi Arabia or the countries of the Middle East,” he said.

We visited Abqaiq — the heart of the global energy industry to which the crown prince was referring — and we were amazed by the efforts of the young Saudi engineers working there.

Two weeks after the drone and missile strikes on the oil installations, work is continuing and production is back to its pre-attack levels.

The world has praised Saudi Aramco for putting out the fires in record time, and for the remarkable repair operations that followed.

The many Aramco officials we spoke to had only praise for the teams of engineers who carried out this work; their excellence, their innovation and their courage made us all proud, one senior manager said.

Watching a video of the attack, we were impressed with the young Saudi engineer who kept spraying water on the blazing tanks to reduce the heat and avoid further explosions. He reacted quickly, while still implementing all the relevant safety rules. And although he is a relative newcomer — a company employee for only 18 months — he kept his cool even as the attacks were in progress.

While the fires were being extinguished, different teams were working simultaneously to assess the damage, and with the first part of the job done the second important step was on everyone’s mind: To get production back on track.

The world has praised Saudi Aramco for putting out the fires in record time, and for the remarkable repair operations that followed.

Tarek Mishkhas

After the initial assessment, some thought that to have the tanks ready even to be repaired might take three to four weeks if the usual procedures were followed; as one engineer explained, there were residual gases inside the tanks that would usually take weeks to clear.

However, a young Saudi engineer and a veteran Aramco supervisor with 40 years’ experience worked together to come up with an ingenious solution that enabled the tanks to be safely welded without further problems.

Some Aramco staff have grown up with the company, the third generation of their families to work there. Others had never set foot in any Aramco facility before they joined. All, however, share the same pride in being part of this giant, and are happy to call themselves “Aramcons.” They take pride in being problem solvers, not only on the rigs but everywhere they work.

This also applies to former Aramco engineers, expatriates who have never lost their connection with the company. Many were quick to offer their services after the attacks.

Aramco has many assets, but the most valuable is its staff. “Our real wealth lies in the ambition of our people and the potential of our younger generation. They are our nation’s pride and the architects of our future,” the crown prince said.

The achievements at Abqaiq proved his every word, and justified his faith in Saudi youth.

  • Tarek Mishkhas is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Arab News and Tweets at @TMishkhas

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Startup of the Week: Sadeem, a startup that can help save lives

01/10/19

  • Sadeem recently won the Misk Global Forum Entrepreneurship World Cup and, later this year, will be included in the Founders Festival in Germany

JEDDAH: Saudi-based Sadeem’s solar-powered wireless sensing system can help monitor flooding, weather, pollution and traffic conditions, reporting essential information back to relevant government agencies.
Moustafa Moussa, one of the firm’s co-founders, said: “Sadeem means nebula in Arabic, and just like a nebula, our wireless sensing network gets its power from solar energy.”
Moussa and three other co-founders, Ahmad Dehwah, Christian Claudel and Esteban Sanchez-Canepa — all from different continents — began researching the idea for the network after asking themselves: “How can we help cities? What can we bring to them?”
The idea for Sadeem came after major flooding in Jeddah on Nov. 25, 2009, which claimed more than 120 lives.
“The floods in Saudi Arabia left catastrophic damage and caused damage of more than $135 million in Jeddah and Makkah alone. That made us think of ways to improve resilience within cities,” Moussa told Arab News.

Sanchez-Canepa, a King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Ph.D. graduate from Mexico, said: “Our sensors are deployed in existing structures such as lamp-posts and traffic signs, and communicate with each other wirelessly. When they detect a level of 2 cm of water, for example, they transmit this information to a central unit, triggering alarms.”
Sadeem is the first company to provide detailed information regarding water levels and traffic, which is often accessible through social media or public reports, though rarely accurately.
In 2015, the company won KAUST’s IP-based Startup Award and began commercial and industrial operations.
Moussa described KAUST as “fuel and a pivotal point” for Sadeem. “We started here, and through KAUST we received the correct coaching, helping us to use the right language and approach the right people. It gave us the resources to thrive.”
In 2017, the Sadeem team won Best Global Startup Award at GITEX Future Stars in Dubai.
The company has helped the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development, and has worked closely with Saudi Arabia’s Madinah Development Authority. It has also deployed sensors in Mexico City, Taif and Riyadh.
Sadeem recently won the Misk Global Forum Entrepreneurship World Cup and, later this year, will be included in the Founders Festival in Germany.

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Saudi tech chief presents Kingdom’s IT advances at UN gathering

Time: September 26, 2019  

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais, head of the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), participates in a meeting of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in New York on
  • Al-Ruwais highlighted the importance of using innovative methods to finance broadband projects

NEW YORK: The Kingdom’s expanding role in the ICT sector can help toward connecting half the world’s population to the internet, Saudi officials told the UN.

With more than 93 percent of Saudis now with internet access, the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), headed by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais, participated in a meeting of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, held in New York.

Al-Ruwais highlighted the importance of using innovative methods to finance broadband projects and best regulatory practices to stimulate competition and investment in the ICT sector.

Al-Ruwais noted the “qualitative leaps” achieved by the sector in the Kingdom over the past two years, including an increase of more than 300 percent in ICT spectrum services, the launch of at least 2,000 sites supporting 5G technologies, and a 450 percent rise in average mobile internet speeds.

He said the Kingdom now had more than 93 percent of its people with internet access, placing the country among the top 20 nations in the world for internet use. SPA New York

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Saudi Arabia ranks highly for sustainable UN goals awareness

25/09/19

Globally, the most pressing issue was seen as hunger, clean water and sanitation
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia ranks in the top four countries in the world in terms of awareness of UN sustainable development goals (SGDs), according to a new survey published by the World Economic Forum.

More than half (51 percent) the people surveyed in the Kingdom in a global poll said they were familiar with the goals, which aim to tackle issues like climate change, poverty and gender equality.

Indian respondents ranked first, followed by Turkey and China. In the US, only 20 percent said they were familiar with the goals, while the proportion fell to 13 percent in the UK, and only 1 percent in Canada, Italy and France.

Japan achieved 8 percent, and more than half of respondents said they had never heard of the goals.

In Saudi Arabia, the most important global goal was “to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”, with 81 percent of respondents putting that as their primary concern. The least important priority in the Kingdom was to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” but was still supported by 70 percent of the poll sample.

Globally, the most pressing issue was seen as hunger, clean water and sanitation, followed by good health and well being. The lowest ranked SDGs were gender equality, reducing inequality, and industry, innovation and infrastructure.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos, was unveiled as delegates gathered at the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, to coincide with the UN General Assembly.

Globally, the most pressing issue was seen as hunger, clean water and sanitation
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia ranks in the top four countries in the world in terms of awareness of UN sustainable development goals (SGDs), according to a new survey published by the World Economic Forum.

More than half (51 percent) the people surveyed in the Kingdom in a global poll said they were familiar with the goals, which aim to tackle issues like climate change, poverty and gender equality.

Indian respondents ranked first, followed by Turkey and China. In the US, only 20 percent said they were familiar with the goals, while the proportion fell to 13 percent in the UK, and only 1 percent in Canada, Italy and France.

Japan achieved 8 percent, and more than half of respondents said they had never heard of the goals.

In Saudi Arabia, the most important global goal was “to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”, with 81 percent of respondents putting that as their primary concern. The least important priority in the Kingdom was to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” but was still supported by 70 percent of the poll sample.

Globally, the most pressing issue was seen as hunger, clean water and sanitation, followed by good health and well being. The lowest ranked SDGs were gender equality, reducing inequality, and industry, innovation and infrastructure.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos, was unveiled as delegates gathered at the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, to coincide with the UN General Assembly.

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King Salman opens new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah

Time: September 24, 2019  

  • The airport is one of the largest in the region
  • It is part of a major plan to put the Kingdom’s airports among the world’s leading

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened and toured a new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The airport is one of the largest in the region, with a total area of ​​810,000 square meters and a capacity of 30 million passengers per year.
During the tour, the king saw a presentation of the details of the airport and on civil aviation in the Kingdom.
The Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, said that the Kingdom’s civil aviation sector has recently achieved qualitative leaps and creative developments that contributed to 4.6% of GDP.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Makkah to perform the religious Haj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
He said, according to indicators by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of domestic and international airports doubled to 28 airports.

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“As a result, the number of passengers increased from 47 million passengers in 2010 to 100 million passengers in 2018,” the minister added.
The King Abdulaziz Airport accounted for 36% of the total number of passengers in the Kingdom.
The minister said the “objectives will be extended to contribute to the construction of a logistic platform in the Kingdom linking the three main continents of the world, as the new airport will be able to work pivotally linking East and West, and serves as an intensive collection point for the movement of passengers and goods, to become an influential position among international airports.”
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
RIYADH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened Jeddah airport’s new terminal on Tuesday, state media said, part of a push to increase foreign visitors to the kingdom and diversify its oil-based economy.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Mecca to perform the religious haj and the umrah, the year-round lesser pilgrimage.
The inauguration of the new Terminal 1 of King Abdulaziz International Airport brings the airport to 810,000 square metres with the capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually, state news agency SPA said.
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
Economic reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aim to make the country an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.
Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under the crown prince’s economic reform program, announced a year ago to diversify the economy away from oil.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
Officials aim to increase the number of umrah and haj pilgrims to 15 million and 5 million respectively by 2020, and hope to double the umrah number again to 30 million by 2030.
The government has approved plans to issue electronic visas for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, and is expected to announce details this month.
Economic reforms aim to make the Kingdom an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.

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Arabs’ exploration of space ( video)

24/09/19

When a Saudi went to space

Prince Sultan bin Salman speaks exclusively to Arab News about his 1985 NASA mission and how he became the first Arab, Muslim and royal in space.

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KSA to host largest gathering of events industry professionals

Time: September 17, 2019  

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is currently working on a broad framework for entertainment services in all cities across the country.

Saudi Arabia is poised to become the central destination for events in the Middle East by 2020. This is the prediction of events and entertainment industry experts who are gathering at the upcoming Saudi Event Show, which will be held Sept. 25-26 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.

“The Saudi Event Show is an ideal platform for events and entertainment industry professionals to learn about the advancements and how to overcome any challenges they are experiencing in the market,” said Amar Daginawala, exhibition manager at Informa Middle East. “The show will provide participants with an opportunity to understand the latest trends driving the local events industry, meet and learn from the thought-provoking industry leaders and attend informative seminar sessions.”

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is currently working on a broad framework for entertainment services in all cities across the country.

“The Kingdom will invest $64 billion in the entertainment sector over the coming decade, which proves the huge market potential for everyone in the events and entertainment industry,” he added.

Daginawala said: “Saudi Arabia is the region’s largest untapped market in terms of events and entertainment. Therefore, advancing the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions) and entertainment sector is one of the major parts of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reforms.”

The Saudi Event Show will feature more than 25 seminars and entertainment sessions, keynote speeches and panel discussions, covering everything about the Kingdom’s event industry, including market updates, visas and regulations, trends, eSports events, catering, marketing, the latest event tech, and much more.

Participants will get the chance to connect with more than 2,000 events and entertainment professionals and 50 innovative exhibitors, including organizers, entertainment professionals, marketing, PR and creative specialists, operations experts, event technology and solution providers, regulators and other stakeholders.

Some prominent speakers at the two-day event include Mohammed Tayem, CEO, entourage marketing & events, who will talk about “Recruiting Your ‘Dream Team’ in the Saudi Arabian Events & Entertainment Sector,” Philip Wride, CEO of Cheesecake Digital, who will present ideas around “Getting Started In Esports,” and Sujoy Cherian, CEO, Option 1 Event Services, who will talk about “Services Innovation & the Future in Event Technology.”

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