G-Shock outlet in Abha boosts Casio presence in KSA

The event was attended by Ayman Kamil Tawfiq, assistant general director for Casio Affairs; Mohammed Ali Basurrah, director of Casio department of Abbar Company; and Abdulrahman Al-Ahmari, branch manager of Khamis Mushyat.
Updated 07 November 2017

G-Shock outlet in Abha boosts Casio presence in KSA

Mahmood Saleh Abbar Co., Casio agent in Saudi Arabia, opened the latest Casio “G-Shock” store in Abha’s Al-Rashid Commercial Center on Oct. 23.
Spread over a 75-square-meter area in a prime location, the store features the latest generation of G-Shock watches, including high-end models.
The event was attended by Ayman Kamil Tawfiq, assistant general director for Casio Affairs; Mohammed Ali Basurrah, director of Casio department of Abbar Company; Abdulrahman Al-Ahmari, branch manager of Khamis Mushyat, in addition to clients, distributors and a large number of shoppers.
Tawfiq said the selection of Abha as the location of the new store aims at being active in the southern market.
With the new addition, there are six G-Shock stores in the Kingdom.
Tawfiq highlighted the 40-year-old strong commercial ties and strategic partnership between Abbar Company and Casio, “contributing to the desired success and common interests in the business of the Kingdom.”
The G-Shock store’s opening in Abha comes as part of a series of outlets to be opened later in Villagio Commercial Center and Queen Building in Riyadh, a statement from the company said.
The company aims to increase the points of communication with customers and create marketing channels in order to attract shoppers, organize promotional activities and strengthen the brand of Casio watches especially the brand of G-Shock, the statement said.

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”