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.


Expo spotlights luxury watches

Updated 17 April 2018
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Expo spotlights luxury watches

Salon des Grandes Complications was officially inaugurated by Prince Faisal bin Nawaf at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel last week. Taking place for the first time in Jeddah from April 9-12, the four-day fine watchmaking exhibition offered a unique and exclusive social platform for horology enthusiasts in Jeddah to gather.

Revered mechanical masterpieces were displayed, encompassing the newest innovations, historial savoir-faire and inimitable craftsmanship. Visitors were invited to delve into the world of haute horology and get up close and personal with timepieces that are among the best in the world, interacting with watchmakers and designers themselves. 

The event included celebrated traditional maisons and niche independent companies such as Armand Nicolet, Armin Strom, Blancpain, Breguet, Fabergé, Girard-Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, Harry Winston, Hysek, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Panerai, Quinting and Vacheron Constantin, and with the support of retailers Alfardan Jewellery, Abdullah Said Binzagr Jewellery and Watches, Al-Hussaini and Platinum Sands.

On wrapping up in Jeddah, the Salon des Grandes Complications will move to Riyadh’s Al-Faisaliah Hotel from April 16-19.

Participating brands have crafted some of the most complicated and highly valued timepieces ever and have between them an array of international accolades.

Salon des Grandes Complications was first launched in the UAE in 2014 and after much success, has taken place every year since — in 2017 also branching out to Saudi Arabia. 

In January, Saudi Arabia was named the 12th largest export market for Swiss watches by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, clearly showing its significance within the industry not only in the Middle East, but on a global level. In 2017, the Kingdom was the second biggest market in the region for Swiss watch exports, with a total value of CHF325.1 million ($349.4 million).

Salon des Grandes Complications is held with the support of the Swiss Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Visa International.