Petromin to build 240 gas stations in Kingdom

Samir Nawar, CEO of Petromin
Updated 28 April 2017
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Petromin to build 240 gas stations in Kingdom

Petromin, the leading lubricants and automotive services company in Saudi Arabia, outlined plans to build 240 gas stations across the Kingdom at the 10th edition of the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) recently held in Riyadh.
The STTIM is one of the biggest annual tourism events held in Saudi Arabia, and is attended by industry leaders and public, private, local and international agencies and organizations. Participants present and promote investment opportunities, and tourism services and products across the country through a conference and a series of lectures, workshops and training sessions.
Addressing the audience in the Tourism Services Industry Session, Samir Nawar, CEO of Petromin, said: “A major objective for Petromin is to set benchmark quality across the service industry, and to cater to the needs of all residents, pilgrims and other visitors in the Kingdom. Our gas stations have the latest equipment, and each station creates at least 110 jobs, 30 percent of which are Saudi nationals.”

He said: “Expansion plans go on as we look forward to improving the quality that we deliver across all our service outlets.”
Nawar added: “To alleviate services of gas stations, strong support is required from all related parties to encourage more organized companies to step in to the service field and provide integrated and elevated services. High lead times can stall the progression of key projects, so further collaboration between concerned stakeholders is needed to simplify and expedite the permitting process.”
Petromin operates five main business segments: Lubricants Manufacturing & Sales, Quick Lube Change Outlets (Petromin Express), Auto Care Workshops, Fuel Retail Stations and Automotive Dealerships (national dealer for Nissan in KSA). With more than 5,000 employees, Petromin exports its products to over 40 countries in the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Dubai Crown Prince visits STC booth at GITEX 2018

Updated 20 October 2018
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Dubai Crown Prince visits STC booth at GITEX 2018

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum recently visited the Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) booth at the GITEX Technology Week 2018 in Dubai. He was received by Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business at STC Dr. Tareq Enaya.

Sheikh Hamdan reviewed the latest telecom and IT services and solutions launched by the company. STC said its new services are in line with its role as a driver of digital transformation in Saudi Arabia as per Saudi Vision 2030. 

STC recently inaugurated its latest innovation in in-flight call technology through a live call made 30,000 feet above on board of a plane heading to Jeddah from Riyadh, with the video call being directly transmitted to the GITEX conference.

The service allows for in-flight video calls by equipping airplanes with mobile data and broadband through signals from LTE ground-based stations, which boast many features compared to older technologies that rely on satellites. This will enable airlines and other stakeholders to provide better services than currently adopted older standards at a lower cost per Mb, higher data transfer rate of up to 75 Mb/s, and a lower delay time.

Dr. Enaya said: “In-flight call technology is one of many other examples that illustrate the way STC is working with its partners and customers to provide the latest products and services and thus improve services offered to airlines and service providers.The new in-flight call service offers state-of-the-art features, including a stable connection and high-speed connectivity. This makes it indeed the next generation of transmission technology, which will open new horizons in terms of products and services.”

He further pointed out to all the areas that could benefit from this new technology, including airlines, media and entertainment, natural resource exploration, safety and security, and telecommunications. 

STC staff were on hand at GITEX to address its potential customers on the new technology. The company has said that its GITEX participation will focus on the newest technological solutions and that it will shed light on its specialized services in the fields of cloud computing, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, blockchain applications, and big data analysis.

STC is currently working with various stakeholders and partners to enrich this new technology, including Nokia for LTE phone devices, Thales for onboard equipment, EAD for supplementary technical certification, AMAC for maintenance, repairs, and operation for onboard installation, and Sky Prime, a private charter airline on whose planes the technology is being tested directly.