IIA conference in Dubai to make UAE one of the world’s ‘smartest’ economies

The Dubai delegation at the handover ceremony of the IIA International Conference 2017.
Updated 14 February 2018
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IIA conference in Dubai to make UAE one of the world’s ‘smartest’ economies

Dubai will play host to the world’s largest gathering of internal auditors when the International Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) takes place in the city in May.
The event will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE vice president and prime minister and ruler of Dubai.
“Dubai is once again proving that the city has the capability to host global conferences that will bring expertise to realize the great goal of the UAE becoming one of the smartest economies in the world,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and chairman of the Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee.
The IIA, along with the UAE Internal Auditors Association (UAE-IAA), will hold the high profile global conference for the first time in the Middle East, under the theme “Connecting the World Through Innovation,” at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center from May 6 to 9. The event will feature more than 100 global speakers in over 70 sessions and is set to welcome more than 3,000 professionals from 110 countries.
“True to the spirit of the slogan of the conference ‘Connecting the World Through Innovation,’ Dubai is also living up to the image of connecting the world by becoming one of the smartest cities in the world in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Sheikh Ahmed.
“Dubai is hosting this world class conference at a time when the UAE is emerging as one of the most attractive investment destinations in the world with superior infrastructure and an abundant supply of skilled manpower. The IIA summit will enable the internal audit professionals here to adopt best practices that will enhance the efficiency of businesses,” he added.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai Tourism, said: “Business events such as the IIA International Conference play a vital role in not only bringing more visitors to Dubai, but also enhancing the city’s status as a knowledge hub and a place for knowledge sharing. Driven by the leadership and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, we continue to work with organizations such as IIA to bring major business events to stimulate further growth and develop talent in key sectors for the UAE economy.”


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.