Royal Commission of Yanbu opens first Saudi ‘smart city’ project

The smart city was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of RCJY; Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of communication and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Rwais, CITC governor; Alaa Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu; Ahmed Aboudoma, chief executive of Mobily; and other officials.
Updated 24 April 2017
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Royal Commission of Yanbu opens first Saudi ‘smart city’ project

The Royal Commission of Yanbu, in collaboration with Bayanat Co, an Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) subsidiary, has inaugurated Saudi Arabia’s first smart city in Yanbu.
The smart city was opened in a ceremony at the head office of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) in Riyadh.
The Royal Commission of Yanbu executed the telecom network infrastructure in collaboration with Bayanat Co. This included building and operating unified telecom and IT network in Yanbu Industrial City, which is considered the first brick in achieving the Yanbu Industrial Smart City.
The accomplishment is the first step of productive collaboration between the Royal Commission and Bayanat.
The smart city was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayyan, chairman of RCJY; Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel, minister of communication and IT; Abdulaziz Salem Al-Rwais, CITC governor; Alaa Nassif, CEO of the Royal Commission of Yanbu; Ahmed Aboudoma, chief executive of Mobily; and a number of officials from the Royal Commission, Mobily, and Bayanat.
Royal Commission CEO Nassif said: “The Royal Commission’s vision for Yanbu Industrial City represents a qualitative transformation that complies with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 through enhancing the efficiency and capabilities of the information technology environment of the city to support initiatives and industrial and commercial projects in the Industrial City.
“Moreover, it aims to provide an attractive community environment to reside and secure high-income job and investment opportunities for residents and visitors,” he added.
The Royal Commission of Yanbu started strategic partnerships with international technology providers in the field of smart cities to develop and create more than 10 services in the city that will improve greatly the citizen experience and city operations by using new technologies like Internet of Things.
Ismail Alghamdi, Mobily chief business officer, said: “The inauguration confirms the leading role of Bayanat Co. in the telecom sector in Saudi Arabia, and reflects the company’s keenness to support added value economic projects, and smart cities projects which serve the Kingdom and are in line with 2030 Vision to develop the information technology infrastructure.”
More than 1,800 km of FTTH cables have been implemented inside the city to connect around 15,000 housing units and 55 industrial units. Additionally, 22,000 ports have been executed for the housing units and 480 ports for business units.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.