Prince Sultan applauds Midwan Edutainment’s work

Updated 14 April 2015

Prince Sultan applauds Midwan Edutainment’s work

Midwam Edutainment, a Saudi Arabia-based technology company offering turnkey solutions for 3D, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), received recognition and positive feedback for its project revolutionizing a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bait Nassief in Jeddah, using multiple technology platforms.
Midwam Edutainment showcased this technology at the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market Forum (STTIM), held in Riyadh between March 29 and April 3.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) who commended Midwan Edutainment’s work, said: “By changing how we experience our environment, the best of AR and VR technologies also prompt growth of other verticals such as tourism and education.”
He added: “These pioneering technologies are currently implemented by the SCTA in 25 museums in Saudi Arabia. Midwan’s work in Jeddah’s UNESCO World Heritage site is one-of-a-kind.”
Khalid Muawad, co-founder and chief technology officer, Midwam Edutainment, said: “By weaving technology with imagination, we are creating such newly demanded aesthetics.”
Hattan Nassief, head of the development department at Midwam, highlighted the company’s augmented reality technologies to Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTA who applauded the ability of these technologies to change the landscape of the tourism market in the Kingdom.
Mats W. Johansson, co-founder, president and CEO of Eon Reality, Midwam’s foreign partner, said: “We have opted to cooperate with SCTA for its pioneering role on the technological levels.”
Sponsored by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market Forum is a key event with multiple activities aimed to both B2B (business) and B2C (public) target groups. This year, more than 80 local and international experts discussed issues of relevance within tourism, investment opportunities and the future of the market in Saudi Arabia during 40 workshops and lectures catered to the tourism work force.

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”