Accounting platform for entrepreneurs launched in KSA

Abdullah Al-Dayel, founder and CEO of Qoyod.
Updated 09 June 2017
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Accounting platform for entrepreneurs launched in KSA

RIYADH: An accounting platform for entrepreneurs and small-business owners in the Arab world has been launched through an initiative of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
The platform, part of KACST’s Badir Technology Incubator Program, is aimed at startup businesses and small and medium enterprises. It is designed to help boost productivity and competition by giving businesses insights and reducing their operational costs.
Dubbed “Qoyod,” the platform helps business owners manage customers and suppliers, issue invoices and purchase orders, and help with stock management and point-of-sale service.
“The new platform is available in both Arabic and English language, and provides entrepreneurs with the latest tools in the fintech industry. Ensuring they have the right set of tools enables them to manage their business financially using cutting-edge technologies, in a modern yet easy-to-use and simplified manner,” said Abdullah Al-Dayel, founder and CEO of Qoyod.
He added that business owners can subscribe to different packages on a monthly or annual basis.
“One of the features of the platform is that the users do not need to install it on their own devices, since they can access the platform through the computer or smartphones using their username and password,” Al-Dayel said.
He said the idea for Qoyod came about because the existing accounting software is perceived to be difficult, while it is hard to validate the experience of recruited accountants.
Qoyod offers three bundles of services to entrepreneurs, starting with the free package aimed at startup businesses, which allows entrepreneurs to create up to 100 sale invoices with a single user.
Its second bundle of services includes an unlimited number of users issuing an unlimited number of invoices. The third bundle is aimed at startup businesses with showrooms or outlets, and includes a point-of-sale application available through either mobile application or PC, so all transactions can be synchronized immediately.
Qoyod was one of the main projects to be discussed last week at an investment gathering organized by KACST and represented by Badir, which aims to help entrepreneurs in the Kingdom find funding for projects.


World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on a main street of Alkhobar city in eastern Saudi Arabia on her way to Bahrain on June 24, 2018. (AFP / HUSSAIN RADWAN)
Updated 25 June 2018
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World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

  • As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-ti
  • The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet 

JEDDAH: The world awoke on Sunday to images and video footage many thought they would never see — newly empowered Saudi women taking the wheel and driving their cars.

As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-time drivers.

The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet.

“I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream,” she said.

In a tribute to Saudi female drivers, the Lebanese soprano Hiba Tawaji released a special video of a song she performed live in Riyadh at a concert last December “Today women in Saudi Arabia can legally drive their cars,” she said. “Congratulations on this achievement, this one’s for you!”

Back home in Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere was euphoric. “It’s a beautiful day,” businesswoman Samah Algosaibi said as she cruised around the city of Alkhobar. 

“Today we are here,” she said from the driver’s seat. “Yesterday we sat there,” she said, pointing to the back.

“I feel proud, I feel dignified and I feel liberated,” said Saudi Shoura Council member Lina Almaeena, one of the first women to drive in the Kingdom.

She told Arab News that the event was changing her life by “facilitating it, making it more comfortable, making it more pleasant, and making it more stress-free.”

Almaeena urged all drivers to follow the traffic and road safety rules. “What’s making me anxious is the misconduct of a lot of the drivers, the male drivers. Unfortunately they’re not as disciplined as they should be. Simple things such as changing lanes and using your signals — this is making me anxious.

“But I’m confident: I’ve driven all around the world when I travel, especially when I’m familiar with the area. It’s really mainly how to be a defensive driver because you have to be.”