Riyadh to host first Saudi IoT exhibition & conference

Abdullah Al-Sawaha, minister of communications and information technology.
Updated 16 October 2017

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.


Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

Updated 18 August 2019

Dubai to host Mideast’s first dinosaur auction

A massive 155-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be up for grabs for lovers of rare collectibles as Emirates Auction announced it will organize the Middle East’s first auction to sell the giant dinosaur skeleton. 

The online auction will be conducted by Emirates Auction, which specializes in organizing and managing public and electronic auctions, at a starting value of 14.6 million dirhams (SR14.9 million, $4 million) and will end on Aug. 25. 

The 24.4-meter-long by 7-meter-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, is the first of its kind in the world to be installed at the Dubai Mall. 

Back then the 25-year-old dinosaur weighed up to five elephants and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs and has a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.

The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety, deriving it from the Greek words “diplos,” meaning “double,” and “dokos” meaning “beam.” 

Nearly 90 percent of the fossil’s bones are original, making it a stunning discovery in the history of palaeontology. The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.

The auction will be an ideal opportunity for those looking for excellence to supplement their collections with a historic masterpiece rarely found around the world.

The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.

Emirates Auction is a UAE-based auction company in the Middle East. Founded in 2004, the company specializes in automobiles, vehicle license plates, real estate and properties, asset liquidation, VIP mobile numbers, jewelry, time-sensitive items, and heavy machinery, plant and construction equipments. 

Emirates Auction has achieved a number of milestones in a short span of time since its establishment, breaking 10 Guinness World Records along the way.

With increasing annual sales and registered bidders across the UAE, GCC and North Africa states, Russia and other countries across the world, the auctioneer conducts over 200 online and physical auctions per year. The company is credited with significantly contributing to the development of auction concepts in the Arab world.