Google and KACST discuss ways of cooperation

KACST President Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, and Kent Walker, Google senior vice president for public policy affairs and social investment, at a presentation at the KACST headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Updated 16 February 2017
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Google and KACST discuss ways of cooperation

RIYADH: A visiting Google official on Tuesday pledged to continue cooperation with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) in information technology (IT) and communication.
The talks, between KACST President Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, and Kent Walker, Google senior vice president for public policy affairs and social investment, were held at the KACST headquarters in Riyadh.
The visiting delegation included Sam Baltteis, chief of government affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and Selim Edde, Google head for public policy in the Middle East and North Africa. Hassan Al-Duhaim, managing director of the Saudi Arabian Investment Authority (SAGIA), was also present.
Welcoming the Google delegation, Prince Turki outlined KACST activities in science, research, innovation, IT and communication, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.
He said the KACST will help the government and non-governmental organizations diversify their projects and investments, and help Saudi youth in innovation, science, technology and research.
Prince Turki also highlighted KACST efforts in enriching Arabic content on the Internet via a program initiated by King Salman.
Walker expressed his desire to cooperate with the KACST in future projects that service their mutual objectives and Arab users in science and technology.
The visiting delegation held a meeting with KACST IT specialists and reviewed research proposals conducted by the KACST with other stakeholders in IT.
These include the King Abdullah Initiative for Digital Content, which with the support of King Salman serves to foster the presence of the Arabic language in mass-communication platforms, as well as in science and technology.
The Kingdom spent SR120 billion ($32 billion) on developing the telecommunication and IT sectors in 2015. Saudi Arabia is the largest such investor in the region, and among the top 10 globally.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.

More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.

The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.

The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.

The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.

Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: "I think it's fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun."

The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).