Al-Muhaidib Group advances its digital transformation strategy

From right, Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen; Abdulkareem Al-Khalawi, vice president of IT, Al-Muhaidib Group; Steve Tzikakis, president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) South, SAP; and Bassel Alomari, senior strategic sales executive — consumer, wholesale, life sciences industries, SAP Saudi Arabia.
Updated 18 December 2017
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Al-Muhaidib Group advances its digital transformation strategy

One of the Kingdom’s largest conglomerates and investment companies, Al-Muhaidib Group, launched its digital business strategy, with digital transformation enabler SAP in an enterprise agreement signed by Abdulkareem Al-Khalawi, vice president of IT at Al-Muhaidib Group, and Steve Tzikakis, president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) South at SAP.
Al-Muhaidib Group is undergoing digital transformation across its 93 affiliates, covering five key sectors: Building materials, food, contracting, utilities and infrastructure and real estate.
This is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which is calling on private sector contribution to GDP to grow from 40 percent to 65 percent.
As part of its digital transformation, Al-Muhaidib Group’s eight largest entities will run on the SAP HANA in-memory platform.
“Saudi’s largest organizations need to run in real-time to enhance their business competitiveness. Using SAP HANA, Al-Muhaidib Group now has the real-time analytics to ensure our customers have the right products at the right time. We have enhanced our performance, improved our reporting time, and can better fuel our regional and international expansion,” said VP Al-Khalawi.
One of the oldest and largest conglomerates in the Kingdom, Al-Muhaidib Group was founded in 1943. Its most prominent investments include Mayar Foods, Savola Group, Masdar Building Materials and Thabat Construction, Saudi Tharwa in real estate, and ACWA Holding.
“Al-Muhaidib Group is at the cutting edge of Saudi organizations undergoing digital transformation. Conglomerates are the lifeblood of the Saudi economy, across a wide range of industry verticals. SAP is committed to exchanging global best practices in enabling Saudi Vision 2030’s nationwide digital transformation and private sector companies to take their business plans to the next level,” said Ahmed Al-Faifi, managing director, SAP Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen.


Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Stunt driver Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb.
Updated 19 July 2018
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Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Land Rover and international stunt driver Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Grant’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Grant’s old record for a mile traveled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.
Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.
Grant snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Grant managed to complete.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph — with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground — both of which were pumped up to 90PSI.
Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Grant has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.
Stunt driver Grant said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”
The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948 to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.