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.


Saudia Cargo shipped 58 cars to KSA for Formula E

The cars, spares and the various equipment were carried from several European destinations to Riyadh.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Saudia Cargo shipped 58 cars to KSA for Formula E

Saudia Cargo has helped bring the Saudi Arabian Airlines-sponsored FIA’s Formula E Championship to Riyadh. 

Saudia, for the first time, sponsored the season’s opening race for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which was held, also for the first time, in the historic city of Ad Diriyah, located on the outskirts of Riyadh, from Dec. 13-15.

The cars, spares and various equipment were carried from several European destinations to King Khalid Airport in Riyadh, a total of 58 cars aboard several aircraft with a combined load exceeding 220 tons.

Ad Diriyah, the venue for the 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historical capital of the Kingdom.

Formula E, officially the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, is a class of auto racing that uses only electric-powered cars. Inspired by innovation, this race utilizes eco-friendly electric energy and offers the excitement of track racing. The inaugural championship started in Beijing in September 2014. It has since then toured the most iconic cities around the world, such as New York, Paris and Hong Kong. 

The three-day festival, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, provided a variety of entertainment activities, from the Formula-E races to live musical performances and the Allianz E-Village, an area full of innovative electric cars and gaming platforms, providing an opportunity for fans and families to discover the world of Formula E.

Earlier this year, Saudia Cargo carried the equipment of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) event to the Kingdom for the “Crown Jewel” tournament and transported two satellites from Riyadh to Shanghai. 

Furthermore, Saudia Cargo facilitated the delivery of a valuable authentic Russian portrait by Wassily Kandinsky, which was displayed at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh last October.