STEAM challenge develops sustainable solutions for KSA

Students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) were selected for the STEAM challenge.
Updated 06 February 2017
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STEAM challenge develops sustainable solutions for KSA

More than 150 university students from across Jeddah participated in a three-day innovation challenge and came up with solutions to address major real-world challenges that impact Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East region.
The event, held Jan. 19-21, was led by the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center in coordination with leaders and subject matter experts from The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) in the Middle East and Europe. Students from King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), King Abdul-Aziz University, University of Business and Technology (UBT), University of Jeddah, Effat University, Umm Al-Qura University and Dar Al-Hekma University participated in the event.
Students with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) were selected for the STEAM challenge. With four to six members on each team, a total of 30 teams were formed with students from different universities and with different majors so that they could benefit from the diversity of their backgrounds and perspectives.
The winning team came up with a proposal to improve energy efficiency in the Kingdom utilizing state-of-the-art technologies by Dow, coupled with relevant incentives and education to the public. A key feature is a digital platform that connects the government, property owners, construction companies and insulation manufacturers to promote insulation of residential homes. The first runners-up developed a solution to increase shelf life and maintain quality of fish and fish packaging. The second runners-up presented a proposal on how to improve energy efficiency at homes in the Kingdom.
Chuck Swartz, president of Dow Saudi Arabia, said: “The themes of the STEAM challenges are designed to align closely to Saudi Vision 2030, Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals, and the strategic objectives of Dow in Saudi Arabia. We are truly impressed with the passion and creativity of the students as well as the solutions proposed by them. I want to thank the students for their dedication and participation and the KAUST and Dow teams for their outstanding effort in putting the event together.”
“I was particularly pleased to see the high level of energy and enthusiasm from the participating students. This, coupled with the excellent and strong support and engagement from Dow, one of KAUST’s founding strategic partners, proved to be an extremely effective way to tap into the imagination and creativity of this diverse group,” said Tristan Walker, vice president for KAUST Innovation & Economic Development.


Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Updated 19 March 2019
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Fine watchmaking expo returns to Saudi Arabia

Annual horology exhibition Salon des Grandes Complications (SDGC) is returning to Saudi Arabia for the third year in a row, with shows in both Jeddah and Riyadh. The event will showcase the latest masterpieces from some of the most celebrated watchmakers in history. The fine watchmaking exhibition will kick off in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel April 8-11, and then move to Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh April 15-18.

Salon des Grandes Complications debuted in Dubai in 2014, later branching out to Saudi Arabia due to high demand and the appreciation of exceptional timepieces in the Kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia is a key Middle Eastern market for watchmakers — last year saw a year-on-year increase in the import of Swiss watches by 6 percent, and this figure is only expected to increase with the introduction of new policies. 

The capital city of Riyadh is home to over 10,000 watch collectors while Jeddah on the other hand, is Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, with almost as many horological aficionados estimated to live there. 

Designed to offer a platform for Maisons and enthusiasts to convene, Salon des Grandes Complications creates opportunities for knowledge to be exchanged and collectors to discover — often for the first time in the region — limited editions, the newest launches and unique rarities. 

Among the international brands that will be present at the 2019 edition are Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Breguet, Breitling, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Montblanc, Rudis Sylva, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. 

With the introduction of several new brands, there will be a more diversified display of timepieces, from innovative novelties to classic creations, grand complications and high jewelry timepieces. Also new to this year’s edition will be a private majlis (a gathering place for social events), where special talks will be hosted by various brands and experts will share their personal insights into modern day horology. 

SDGC has successfully attracted over 80 international Swiss, German and Italian brands during the past five years.

The event will be held alongside the 10th annual Jewellery Salon 2019, a well-established jewelry exhibition in the Kingdom.

SDGC 2019 will be held in partnership with Bentley Motors and with the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Saudi Arabia.

The event will be open free of charge to all professional visitors from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.