Jeddah to host hospitality show with Stone and Surface expo

The fifth edition of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will run in tandem with the Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia exhibition at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from April 4-6.
Updated 14 December 2016
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Jeddah to host hospitality show with Stone and Surface expo

Two major events focused on the development of the Saudi hospitality industry will be held together for the first time in Jeddah next year.
The fifth edition of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia will run in tandem with the debut Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia exhibition at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events from April 4-6.
The exhibition will provide the region’s ultimate showcase of everything needed to build, develop and maintain a hotel or restaurant in the Kingdom at a time of unprecedented hospitality industry growth.
With the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, new hospitality, infrastructure and urban construction projects have been announced this year.
The government-led initiative seeks to double the number of hotel rooms in the Kingdom by 2030 to cater for a surge in tourists. This year, a JLL report prepared ahead of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016 forecast that Jeddah’s hotel room inventory alone will double by 2018.
“Saudi Arabia is one of the Middle East and Africa’s top hotel construction hotspots with more than 140 projects in the pipeline,” commented John Suzara, event manager of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017. “The Hotel Show is providing the most comprehensive showcase of the products and services required to develop a new or existing hotel or restaurant here.”
Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia 2017 will showcase contract flooring options, wall covering solutions, a range of materials including natural stone and ceramics and the machinery involved in quarrying, producing and cutting them.
Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure already includes the largest mosque in the world. The world’s biggest hotel, Abraj Kudai, is likely to open 10,000 rooms to the public in Makkah next year.
“2017 is a great time for suppliers and distributors to make a name for themselves in the Saudi market,” commented Yan Wang, event director of Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia.


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.