Riyadh to host first Saudi IoT exhibition & conference

Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of communications and information technology.
Updated 16 October 2017
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Riyadh to host first Saudi IoT exhibition & conference

The first Saudi International Exhibition and Conference for Internet of Things will take place in Riyadh from Jan. 28-30.
Experts in the fields of technology, communications, gas and petrochemicals, and services designed to propel the digital transformation of cities, communities, people, data and objects, will participate in the event.
New Horizon are the organizers of the event, which will take place at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of communications and information technology, said: “The first Saudi International Exhibition and Conference for Internet of Things represents a major step in supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which has allocated a great deal of support to the IT sector, and affirmed its support for creative and innovative thinking to motivate young people to transform their ideas into actions and activities that contribute to the ongoing development efforts through Vision 2030.”
He added the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is seeking to transform the Kingdom into a platform for Internet applications in the region and to explore the best ways to achieve this by using international expertise and facilitating access to appropriate funding.
Al-Sawaha said Saudi Arabia offers great opportunities in the field of IoT because “the market is still growing and the Kingdom has many researchers, developers and experts in this area.”
“We in the ministry oversee one of the most important sectors ... which is the telecommunications sector, described as the nervous system of a smart city, and we are working to ensure that this sector is active and responsive to the requirements of mega projects in this area.”
“This exhibition and conference is a very important event for the future of the Internet in the Kingdom,” said Shuaib bin Abdullah Al-Abdulrahman, general manager of New Horizon.
The Internet of Things is a network of physical objects, devices, buildings, and others embedded with electronic devices connected to the Internet to collect and share data in real time. This network enables objects to be sensed and made sensitive so that they can be remotely controlled through a real time network infrastructure, thus creating opportunities for a more direct integration into the real world in computer systems. This eventually results in improved efficiency, accuracy, and economic benefits.


ENOC Group to build 45 service stations in KSA

Updated 16 December 2018
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ENOC Group to build 45 service stations in KSA

ENOC (Emirates National Oil Company) Group, a wholly owned entity of the government of Dubai, has announced major expansion plans to build 45 new service stations in Saudi Arabia over the next five years. The group’s plans are aligned with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs’ plan, which aim for the construction of over 1,200 petrol stations across the Kingdom.
All 45 ENOC service stations will be strategically built on the Kingdom’s vast network of highways that interconnect the 13 provinces and serve as a major logistics and trade land-corridor, connecting the Kingdom to the rest of the GCC and the Middle East region. Over the next two years, ENOC’s plan will focus on building stations in the central region, mainly Riyadh and the Eastern Province.
Saif Humaid Al-Falasi, ENOC Group CEO, said: “With Saudi Arabia’s long-term vision to diversify its economy, boost tourism and infrastructure and enhance business and trade, our plan to expand our retail network by over 220 percent in the next five years is aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to reduce oil dependency, increase privatization and implement the Saudi nationalization scheme.”
ENOC currently operates 14 stations across the Kingdom. The group’s future service stations will also include ZOOM convenience stores. Customers will also enjoy a variety of retail outlets such as Pronto.