Jeddah Audi Center hosts Spanish ‘El Clasico’ match between Barcelona and Real Madrid

Members of Audi Sport owners' club pose with the latest Audi A8 in Jeddah.
Updated 02 January 2018
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Jeddah Audi Center hosts Spanish ‘El Clasico’ match between Barcelona and Real Madrid

Members of Audi Sport owners’ club were truly excited during the “El Clasico” match between supporters of Real Madrid and Barcelona recently. The match was played at the Jeddah Audi Center and was organized by “Samaco,” the sole dealer for the Audi brand in Saudi Arabia.
Fans enjoyed the enthusiastic performance of both teams, which saw Barcelona as the winners with a 3-0 victory. The group was offered an exclusive opportunity to become acquainted with the new Audi A8, on show in the Kingdom for the first time.
The new Audi A8 presents the future of the luxury class. In its fourth generation, the brand’s flagship model provides the benchmark for “Vorsprung durch Technik” — with a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive.
The Audi A8 is also the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for conditionally automated driving. Audi will gradually take piloted driving functions, such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot, into production. The new Audi A8 will be officially launched in the first quarter of 2018.
Commenting on the event, Kareem Tas, manager of the Audi brand in Saudi Arabia, said: “Audi always endeavors to create events that fit with the Audi brand as well as to fulfil the aspirations of our clients and owners of Audi Sport models. This event constitutes the first step toward strengthening the relationship with our clients and we look forward to organize more such events in the future.”


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”