Zain KSA partners with Trescon Global for digital transformation conference

Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Degaither, COO of Zain Saudi Arabia.
Updated 08 December 2017
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Zain KSA partners with Trescon Global for digital transformation conference

Zain Saudi Arabia in collaboration with Trescon Global, recently sponsored the Big DT Show Conference, held in Riyadh for two consecutive days. The move is in line with Zain’s support of the digital transformation programs in Saudi Arabia. The conference was highly attended, with key participants of senior professionals in the public and private sectors.
The conference included a series of panel discussions, presentations, workshops and live demonstrations in the field of technology; all were presented by leading global and Middle East companies. The main topic of discussion at the conference was the key role of technology in many areas, including but not limited to national development, accelerating technological growth, the 4th industrial revolution, smart cities, present and future robots, artificial intelligence revolution, and technical applications for 5G. Zain KSA also gave a live demonstration on 5G technology, as well as a scientific symposium on digital transformation and quality of life.
Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Degaither, chief operating officer, Zain Saudi Arabia, said: “At Zain Saudi Arabia, we strive to be influential on the country’s movement toward digital transformation, in line with Vision 2030. We are up to date on all aspects relevant to technical development, and how to integrate that into everyday life, be it on an individual or corporate level, all the while applying the highest standards of quality and innovation.”
He added: “The Kingdom’s keen interest and focus is on elevating the level of services of the ICT sector, and we are determined to play a significant role and save no efforts toward achieving the national ambition. At the same time, we look forward to collaborating and partnering with key players across all sectors in manners that provide real and tangible opportunities for progress.”
The conference covered a number of worksheets, studies and applications related to the most advanced technologies such as 5G, IoT and Big-Data. Utilizing local, international experts and industry leaders, it is expected to help organizations transform their work to better serve their customers, and to contribute to the digital transformation efforts in the public and private sectors.


Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

Updated 18 December 2018
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Motoring extravaganza SIMS 2018 begins in Jeddah

The Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS) 2018 opened its doors on Sunday at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center. The annual event, in its 40th year, will continue until Thursday.

The show was inaugurated by Hassan Dahlan, secretary general of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), in the presence of Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE).

The five-day motoring extravaganza, spanning 10,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, will witness the rollout of the automotive industry’s newest models, from the US, Europe, Japan, Korea, and China, and including the latest SUVs and 4x4s, industry-changing electric cars and everything in between.

“In addition to shining the spotlight on the latest and most efficient automobiles and industry-shaping technology, the 2018 Saudi International Motor Show offers an inimitable experience for the whole family, with a plethora of captivating activities and interactions throughout the five days including stunt driving, drifting motorsport events, an off-road experience, and retail areas,” a press release said.

The show will see brand exhibitors showcase 100 automotive vehicles, including eight cars revealed for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dahlan talked about the “great success” achieved by the motor show in the past 40 years.

ACE CEO Al-Harith said: “SIMS is the oldest and biggest auto show in the region, and the 2018 edition will ensure that it maintains that position. There is a huge demand in the Saudi market for an international motor show and we look forward to delivering a unique experience.”

He added: “As Saudi Arabia’s premier automotive event, the Saudi International Motor Show is the only place car fans, young and old, will get up close to some of the latest glamorous cars set to be hitting roads around the world in the near future.”

The Jeddah Traffic Department is also participating in the show, with the aim to spread its message to both male and female drivers. Officials from the department will spread awareness about traffic laws and regulations, the importance of following them and the consequences of violations.

The show opens daily from 4 p.m. until 11 a.m.

Saudi Arabia is currently the largest importer of vehicles and auto parts in the Middle East, accounting for nearly 40 percent of all vehicle sales in the region. New car sales are slated to rise by 8-9 percent annually, crossing the 1 million mark by 2020.

Presently, the light commercial vehicle segment is the most dominant, accounting for majority of the overall commercial vehicles sold in Saudi Arabia, followed by medium-heavy commercial vehicles and buses.