Nine Saudi teams in Oman Arab Startup Competition

The Arab Startup Competition is yet another annual competition that celebrates Arab innovators. (Courtesy photo)
Updated 18 April 2018
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Nine Saudi teams in Oman Arab Startup Competition

  • Cash prizes exceeding $160,000 will be distributed among the nine lucky winners
  • All 84 semifinalists will benefit from advanced training sessions

JEDDAH: The nine winners of the MITEF Saudi Startup Competition are participating in the 11th Arab Startup Competition, which will be held on April 19 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center. The competition is in partnership with the founding partner Community Jameel, and in collaboration with strategic partners Riyada, Omantel, and Zain Group as a digital partner.
The participating Saudi teams are Quantum Solutions, Avokado and Ironix, winners of the startup track; Labayh, Aquaponica, and Blooming Bs from the social enterprise track; and Duleb, Cucumber, and Qisma from the ideas track.
The Arab Startup Competition is yet another annual competition that celebrates Arab innovators, who see it as a platform to showcase, test and develop their creative ideas and skills. Cash prizes exceeding $160,000 will be distributed among the nine lucky winners, three per track. Beyond the cash prizes, all 84 semifinalists will benefit from advanced training sessions, personal mentorship and guidance, as well as media visibility and excellent networking opportunities. AN, Jeddah
The Arab Startup Competition will culminate in a two-day event on April 18 and 19, 2018 in Oman, with the announcement of this year’s winners set to take place during the final award ceremony.


Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

Updated 19 July 2019
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Islamic, European officials plan support for Sudan

JEDDAH: Support for Sudan in the wake of a new deal on civilian rule was among items discussed during a meeting between leading Islamic and European officials in Saudi Arabia.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received Finnish foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto, in Jeddah. Finland currently holds the rotational presidency of the Council of the EU.
Al-Othaimeen and Haavisto had a constructive exchange of views on common issues with particular focus on Sudan after civilian and military leaders signed an agreement aimed at installing a civilian administration.
The deal came after three months of deadlock since Omar Bashir was deposed as president, and the two officials discussed ways to back Khartoum in its transitional phase.
The secretary-general commended the role of Finland and the EU in promoting peace, security, stability and development in different parts of the world and expressed the OIC’s readiness to engage in issues of mutual interest.
Haavisto praised the role of the OIC in promoting the culture of peace, dialogue and understanding, noting the organization’s vast experience in leading peace building initiatives among its member states in collaboration with other partners.