First IoT exhibition opens to explore what lies ahead for information technology in KSA

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Visitors at the first Saudi International Exhibition & Conference for IoT in Riyadh. (AN photos by Ahmed Fathi)
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A session in progress at first Saudi International Exhibition &Conference on IoT. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)
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An IOT session on Future of growth & productivity industry in progressat RICEC. (AN photo by Ahmed Fathi)
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Updated 29 January 2018
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First IoT exhibition opens to explore what lies ahead for information technology in KSA

RIYADH: The first Saudi International Exhibition and Conference for Internet of Things (IoT) opened Sunday, representing a major step in supporting Saudi Vision 2030, which has allocated a great deal of support to the IT sector and affirmed full support for creative and innovative thinking to motivate the Saudi youth.

The event is at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center and its manager Fahad Algarni told Arab News: "Internet of Things is emerging now and Saudi Arabia is taking the lead in the region with this mega event for enabling infrastructure or increasing the infrastructure capacity for the Internet in line with Vision 2030, which is the first step in digitizing the nation.”

This further complements the government plan to expand the broadband Internet services to 70 percent of the remote areas by 2020 and to all citizens subsequently, thus becoming a digital nation with an efficient Internet connectivity, and reaching the cornerstone for the IoT, he added.

“This conference and exhibition today started with the aim of introducing and exploring the latest IoT innovations and technologies. For the next three days it will be the place where the techno community will gather to explore what lies ahead for the future IoT industry in Saudi Arabia,” Algarni added.

It will also serve as the starting point for lots of deals, negotiations and contracts for better engagements and future collaborations between participating companies. This conference and exhibition will from now on be an annual event with exponential growth, he said.

Earlier, Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC), opened the conference and emphasized in his opening address that anyone can utilize this innovative IoT from using these devices in health care, transportation and communication to other areas of life with immense help for quick data collection, analysis and monitoring in real time.

The CSC chairman also stressed that it is useful for a range of purposes such as seeking an appointment with a doctor, calling for an ambulance and for various other daily requirements at a faster pace.


Saudi Arabia-South Korea ties witness progress

Updated 20 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia-South Korea ties witness progress

  • About 400 guests, including envoys in Seoul, politicians and businessmen, attended the ceremony.
  • Among the high-profile South Korean guests were Minister Park Neung-hoo of the Health and Welfare Ministry; Sohn Hak-kyu, leader of the minority opposition Bareunmirae Party; and Rep. Sul Hoon, a lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party.

SEOUL: To mark the country’s 88th National Day the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Seoul held a reception in the Shilla Hotel, in Seoul.
Riyad Almubaraky, the Saudi ambassador, said that ties with South Korea represented one of the most successful models of Saudi Arabia’s bilateral relations with nations around the globe.
“Since the inception of bilateral relations in 1962, the two countries have witnessed a qualitative leap and great development in many fields, including politics, economy, education, culture, and health and many other fields,” he said.
About 400 guests, including envoys in Seoul, politicians and businessmen, attended the ceremony. Among the high-profile South Korean guests were Minister Park Neung-hoo of the Health and Welfare Ministry; Sohn Hak-kyu, leader of the minority opposition Bareunmirae Party; and Rep. Sul Hoon, a lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party.
Park stressed the progress of mutual cooperation in health care.
“Korea offers residency programs for Saudi physicians and dentists. Currently, a total of 73 Saudi physicians and dentists have been enrolled in these training programs,” he said.
In addition, Riyadh and Seoul are working closely on nuclear safety and security, as the Kingdom has sent 41 nuclear experts to South Korea for training in the development nuclear plants based on System-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor (SMART) technology.
The SMART project is aimed at the design and development of compact nuclear reactors so that the Kingdom can diversify energy sources in line with Vision 2030. South Korea is bidding to build two nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia.
The Korea-Arab Friendship Caravan will be held in the Saudi capital on Oct. 14. More than 20 Korean artists will perform at the cultural event in the Riyadh-based King Fahd Cultural Center.
South Korea plans to hold the first Korean history and culture exhibition in Riyadh later this year.