JKS purchases 2,500 Samsung tablets to promote e-learning

Updated 29 July 2015
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JKS purchases 2,500 Samsung tablets to promote e-learning

Jeddah Knowledge International School (JKS) has signed an agreement with Samsung Electronics Saudi Arabia for the purchase of 2,500 Samsung 3 Lite T113 tablets in coordination and cooperation from Samsung local partner, Future Modern Products.
The tablets are to be used by students in the primary, middle and upper levels as part of the school’s further pursuit of academic excellence by transforming classroom education to e-learning.
Ghassan Bakri, Samsung Saudi Arabia mobile product manager, said: “With this move from JKS we would expect many other private schools to follow. Smart education is quickly developing to be a must among the Saudi educational environment and Samsung is proud to be part of this development, especially with the recent distribution of 2,500 tablets to needy public school students only last month in preparation for the beginning of the upcoming school year.”
Kareem Hassan, JKS IT director, said the incorporation of Samsung tablets as an education tool will facilitate the holistic development of students through electronic learning — utilizing latest advancements in IT to discover and gain knowledge, and we are an educational institution proud to be strongly working toward this achievement among the student body.
With content filtering and firewalls to protect the systems and block inappropriate material, “e-Learning conveys the same educational objectives in a shorter timeframe than the teacher-led training. The just-in-time capability of eLearning provides a first tier of support to users of new technologies,” he added.
Moreover, “e-Learning assists students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning. For that matter, Samsung 3 Lite T113 tablet is a safe and reliable digital device that features an ultra-fast broadband and wireless (WiFi) access to the Internet which a child/student can use to connect with each other, to learn new skills and pursue their interests further than has ever been possible.


Positive impact of Vision 2030 on hospitality: Report

Ascott has reported a decrease of 10 percent in expat families within the Kingdom.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Positive impact of Vision 2030 on hospitality: Report

The Ascott Limited has drawn up a report into the changing dynamics of guest profiles in Saudi Arabia. 

As the government’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy proves to have a positive effect on the hospitality industry, Ascott is witnessing a notable change in its guests across the Kingdom. This has been influenced by the swift introduction of various initiatives from the removal of ban on women driving, to the introduction of cinemas, concerts with mixed-gender admission and major events such as the Formula E that was held last week in Riyadh.

“Our guest profiles are changing in line with the changing dynamics of the country. We have seen a spike in female guests of 7 percent from 2017, influenced by guests traveling for both work and leisure,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. 

Female guests have increased considerably this year, as properties across Jeddah averaged a 9 percent growth, while Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh experienced a growth rate of 5 percent. 

“It means there is an opportunity for the serviced residence industry to tap in to the growing number of female travelers and provide tailored services specifically for women,” explained Miccolis.

Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh has a women’s only leisure floor consisting of an outdoor pool, gymnasium, lounge, children’s playroom and day spa. The property is receiving positive feedback from female business travelers about the facilities.

Ascott has reported a decrease of 10 percent in expat families within the Kingdom, attributed to the introduction of expat levies on dependents. Family occupants taking two and three-bedroom apartments have moved to single occupants in a one-bedroom apartment. Miccolis said: “If the announcement made last week on Bloomberg regarding a review of the expat levies being restructured comes to fruition, it will provide a positive outcome for our industry.” 

International guests have maintained a consistent average over the last two years of 25 percent across the Kingdom, however Jeddah and Riyadh are on opposite scales. Fifty-five percent of Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh’s guests are international, which is a growth of 15 percent from 2017. While the four properties in Jeddah have 15 percent international guests, this is a decline of 10 percent from 2017.

“With these changing dynamics of our guests in the Kingdom, a key focus is customer service training, with the goal of exceeding guest expectations. 

This year posed a credible 92 percent customer satisfaction score, a testament to the staff in the region,” said Miccolis.