Siemens transfers industrial software to first Saudi universities

Updated 18 November 2017
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Siemens transfers industrial software to first Saudi universities

The partnership between the National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP) and Siemens was formalized at a signing ceremony in the presence of King Salman and Chancellor Angela Merkel in April.
The move has achieved a major milestone with the handover of digital industrial software by Siemens to the first recipient universities in Saudi Arabia.
Siemens announced its €100 million ($118.5 million) investment in industrial software earlier this year, which aims to build up the most advanced local digital capabilities and prepare Saudi students and future leaders.
Effat University and King Saud University were the recipients at the “digital groundbreaking ceremony” that took place during the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on Oct. 24.
The ceremony was attended by Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources and chairman of the NICDP, and Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG.
According to Siemens, software investment in the fields of digitalization and automation will drive knowledge transfer and the localization of technology, and create high-skill jobs in line with Vision 2030.
Kaeser said: “With its Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has one of the most advanced and ambitious strategic development programs in the world. Siemens is supporting this vision in multiple ways. Providing digital education and ingenious software, Siemens elevates its commitment as a long-term strategic partner of the Kingdom.”
Dana Juffali, who moderated the ceremony, said “Siemens is responding to the imperative for education and training among the Kingdom’s youth. As a graduate of the Siemens education system, I can only urge my fellow youth to grab the opportunities whether in vocational education, internships abroad or by accessing digital software. This truly is about preparing us for a brighter future under Vision 2030.”
Arja Talakar, CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “As a father of young children, I was touched by the visible enthusiasm and pride of the students who received the software on behalf of their universities.
One student referred to how she would use the software to create engineering models during her term of study and we are very proud to be part of this initiative.”


Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Updated 20 February 2019
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Bahri’s maritime solutions on show

Saudi shipping company Bahri is demonstrating its commitment to advancing the growth of maritime industry and improving security in the logistics business at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) and Naval Defense and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX).

The events are being held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, president of the UAE and supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces in Abu Dhabi from Feb.17-21.

Khaled bin Hussain Biyari, assistant minister of defense — executive affairs; General Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director general of Saudi Arabian Border Guards; and other officials visited Bahri’s booth during the events.

As part of its participation, Bahri is showcasing its maritime capabilities and innovation-driven solutions at the largest defense expo in the Middle East. The company is also highlighting its unmanned surface vessels (USVs) at its booth. Powered by MAP Pro technology, which transforms any vessel into an autonomous one, Bahri’s USVs are capable of numerous applications, including gathering data, surveillance and reconnaissance. In addition, the vessels offer significant cost savings and reduce human workload in high-risk operations. 

Bringing together more than 1,310 specialized companies from 62 countries, both events offer a strategic business platform for exhibitors to present their latest naval, maritime and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts, and explore partnership opportunities with local and international companies. 

Abdullah Aldubaikhi, CEO of Bahri, said: “Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX provide a unique opportunity to gather new insights into new security technologies that can help companies thrive in a safe and secure trade. With Saudi Arabia being at the forefront of efforts aimed at maintaining stability and security in the region, maritime security is a key focus area for the Kingdom.” 

Aldubaikhi added: “Bahri’s presence at IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 is part of our strategy to further strengthen our offerings to enhance the Kingdom’s maritime capabilities and support its transformation as the world’s leading logistics hub. The exhibition also provides us with an excellent platform to connect with our customers and explore new partnership opportunities that will further drive our ambitious expansion plans.”

Bahri Logistics, one of the five business units within Bahri and one of the top 10 breakbulk carriers in the world, operates six new state-of-the-art multipurpose vessels that are capable of carrying different types of cargo, including project, ro-ro, breakbulk, equipment, and container cargo.