DCA opens 10th center in Riyadh

Updated 01 August 2013
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DCA opens 10th center in Riyadh

Riyadh Gov. Prince Khalid bin Bandar launched the Disabled Children Association’s (DCA) 10th center this week in the capital.
The event was attended by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) and chairman of the association’s board of directors, in addition to Prince Turki bin Abdullah, vice governor of Riyadh.
During the inauguration ceremony, Prince Sultan bin Salman said, “The association, which began its services in 1987 with one center, now includes 10 centers with a budget amounting to more than SR 70 million.”
Vice Governor Prince Turki vowed to continue supporting disabled children saying, “The Governorate of Riyadh will work with the capital’s municipality to provide sites in different parts of the city for the establishment of centers for disabled children.”
Prince Khalid bin Bandar and Prince Turki bin Abdullah made a personal donation to the center via mobile messages to the number 5050.
The DCA is a non-profit organization for children living with disabilities in the Kingdom.
The organization provides education, speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, in addition to an extensive range of social and life elevating activities.
The DCA earlier posted a statement on their website highlighting the dire need to provide greater services and attention to the disabled community, citing that 720,000 people suffer from disabilities in the Kingdom and face grossly inadequate facilities.


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.